Tap

Definition of Tap

v. t.1.To strike with a slight or gentle blow; to touch gently; to rap lightly; to pat; as, to tap one with the hand or a cane.
[imp. & p. p. Tapped ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tapping.]
2.To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.
n.1.A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
2.A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.
3.(Mil.) A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed, - usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.
v. i.1.To strike a gentle blow.
n.1.A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.
2.A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet.
3.Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap.
4.A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
5.(Mech.) A tool for forming an internal screw, as in a nut, consisting of a hardened steel male screw grooved longitudinally so as to have cutting edges.
On tap
a - Ready to be drawn; as, ale on tap.
b - Broached, or furnished with a tap; as, a barrel on tap.
Plug tap
(Mech.) a screw-cutting tap with a slightly tapering end.
Tap bolt
a bolt with a head on one end and a thread on the other end, to be screwed into some fixed part, instead of passing through the part and receiving a nut. See Illust. under Bolt.
Tap cinder
(Metal.) the slag of a puddling furnace.
v. t.1.To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, a keg of beer, etc.
2.Hence, to draw resources from (a reservoir) in any analogous way; as, to tap someone's knowledge of the Unix system; to tap the treasury.
3.To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.
He has been tapping his liquors.
- Addison.
4.(Mech.) To form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut, a pipe, or tubing.
5.to connect a listening device to (a telephone or telegraph line) secretly, for the purpose of hearing private conversations; also, to obtain or record (information) by tapping; - a technique used by law enforcement agencies investigating suspected criminals. In the United States it is illegal without a court order permitting it.

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