Meaning of TAP in English


1. n. & v.


1. a device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or vessel can be controlled.

2 an act of tapping a telephone etc.

3 Brit. a taproom.

4 an instrument for cutting the thread of a female screw. (tapped, tapping)

1. a provide (a cask) with a tap. b let out (a liquid) by means of, or as if by means of, a tap.

2 draw sap from (a tree) by cutting into it.

3 a obtain information or supplies or resources from. b establish communication or trade with.

4 connect a listening device to (a telephone or telegraph line etc.) to listen to a call or transmission.

5 cut a female screw-thread in.

Phrases and idioms:

on tap

1. ready to be drawn off by tap.

2 colloq. ready for immediate use; freely available. tap root a tapering root growing vertically downwards. tap water water from a piped supply.


tapless adj. tappable adj.

Etymology: OE t{aelig}ppian (v.), t{aelig}ppa (n.) f. Gmc 2. v. & n.

--v. (tapped, tapping)

1. intr. (foll. by at, on) strike a gentle but audible blow.

2 tr. strike lightly (tapped me on the shoulder).

3 tr. (foll. by against etc.) cause (a thing) to strike lightly (tapped a stick against the window).

4 intr. TAP-DANCE v. (can you tap?).


1. a a light blow; a rap. b the sound of this (heard a tap at the door).

2 a TAP-DANCE n. (goes to tap classes). b a piece of metal attached to the toe and heel of a tap-dancer's shoe to make the tapping sound.

3 (in pl., usu. treated as sing.) US a a bugle call for lights to be put out in army quarters. b a similar signal at a military funeral.


tapper n.

Etymology: ME tappe (imit.), perh. through F taper

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.