1. draw from; make good use of

    Synonyms : exploit
    Type Of : apply, employ, utilize, use, utilise
  2. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

    Synonyms : bug, intercept, wiretap
    Type Of : eavesdrop, listen in
    Examples :
    • The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
  3. dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes

    Synonyms : tapdance
    Type Of : dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    Examples :
    • Glover tapdances better than anybody
  4. make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently

    Synonyms : beg, solicit
    Type Of : request, bespeak, ask for, quest, call for
  5. a gentle blow

    Synonyms : rap, strike
    Type Of : blow, bump
  6. the sound made by a gentle blow

    Synonyms : pat, rap
    Type Of : sound
  7. make light, repeated taps on a surface

    Synonyms : knock, pink, rap
    Type Of : go, sound
    Examples :
    • he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently
  8. a plug for a bunghole in a cask

    Synonyms : spigot
    Type Of : stopple, plug, stopper
  9. a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

    Synonyms : hydrant, water faucet, water tap
    Type Of : spigot, plumbing fixture, faucet
  10. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

    Synonyms : wiretap
    Type Of : investigating, investigation
  11. a light touch or stroke

    Synonyms : dab, pat
    Type Of : touching, touch
  12. strike lightly

    Synonyms : tip
    Type Of : strike
    Examples :
    • He tapped me on the shoulder
  13. a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

    Type Of : plate
  14. a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

    Type Of : tool
  15. cut a female screw thread with a tap

    Type Of : cut
  16. draw from or dip into to get something

    Type Of : draw off, take out, draw, withdraw
    Examples :
    • tap one's memory
    • tap a source of money
  17. draw (liquor) from a tap

    Type Of : take out, draw
    Examples :
    • tap beer in a bar
  18. furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

    Type Of : render, furnish, provide, supply
    Examples :
    • tap a cask of wine
  19. pierce in order to draw a liquid from

    Type Of : pierce
    Examples :
    • tap a maple tree for its syrup
    • tap a keg of beer
  20. walk with a tapping sound

    Type Of : walk


  1. a specific practice of long standing

    Synonyms : custom
    Type Of : practice
  2. an inherited pattern of thought or action

    Type Of : content, mental object, cognitive content


  1. a label written or printed on paper, cardboard, or plastic that is attached to something to indicate its owner, nature, price, etc.

    Synonyms : ticket
    Type Of : label
  2. go after with the intent to catch

    Synonyms : chase, chase after, dog, give chase, go after, tail, track, trail
    Type Of : follow, pursue
  3. a small piece of cloth or paper

    Synonyms : rag, shred, tag end, tatter
    Type Of : piece of cloth, piece of material
  4. attach a tag or label to

    Synonyms : label, mark
    Type Of : attach
  5. a game in which one child chases the others; the one who is caught becomes the next chaser

    Type Of : child's game
  6. a label associated with something for the purpose of identification

    Type Of : label
    Examples :
    • semantic tags were attached in order to identify different meanings of the word
  7. provide with a name or nickname

    Type Of : call, know as, be known as, name
  8. (sports) the act of touching a player in a game (which changes their status in the game)

    Type Of : touching, touch
  9. supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes

    Type Of : rhyme, rime
  10. touch a player while he is holding the ball

    Type Of : touch


  1. hard to pass through because of dense growth

    Synonyms : dense
    Examples :
    • thick woods
  2. spoken as if with a thick tongue

    Synonyms : slurred
    Examples :
    • the thick speech of a drunkard
  3. having a short and solid form or stature

    Synonyms : compact, heavyset, stocky, thickset
    Examples :
    • a thickset young man
  4. (used informally) stupid

    Synonyms : blockheaded, boneheaded, duncical, duncish, fatheaded, loggerheaded, thick-skulled, thickheaded, wooden-headed
  5. in quick succession

    Synonyms : thickly
    Examples :
    • misfortunes come fast and thick
  6. (of darkness) densely dark

    Synonyms : deep
    Examples :
    • thick night
    • thick darkness
  7. (used informally) associated on close terms

    Synonyms : buddy-buddy, chummy
    Examples :
    • the two were thick as thieves for months
  8. with a thick consistency

    Synonyms : thickly
    Examples :
    • the blood was flowing thick
  9. the location of something surrounded by other things

    Synonyms : midst
    Type Of : inside, interior
  10. abounding; having a lot of

    Examples :
    • the top was thick with dust
  11. having component parts closely crowded together

    Examples :
    • thick crowds
    • a thick forest
    • thick hair
  12. not thin; of a specific thickness or of relatively great extent from one surface to the opposite usually in the smallest of the three solid dimensions

    Antonyms : thin
    Examples :
    • an inch thick
    • a thick board
    • a thick sandwich
    • spread a thick layer of butter
    • thick coating of dust
    • thick warm blankets
  13. relatively dense in consistency

    Antonyms : thin
    Examples :
    • thick cream
    • thick soup
    • thick smoke
    • thick fog


  1. making great mental demands; hard to comprehend or solve or believe

    Synonyms : baffling, elusive, knotty, problematic, problematical
  2. very difficult; severely testing stamina or resolution

    Synonyms : rugged
    Examples :
    • the competition was tough
    • it's a tough life
    • it was a tough job
  3. someone who learned to fight in the streets rather than being formally trained in the sport of boxing

    Synonyms : street fighter
    Type Of : scrapper, combatant, battler, fighter, belligerent
  4. unfortunate or hard to bear

    Synonyms : hard
    Examples :
    • a tough break
  5. violent and lawless

    Synonyms : ruffianly
    Examples :
    • tough street gangs
  6. physically toughened

    Synonyms : toughened
    Antonyms : tender
    Examples :
    • the tough bottoms of his feet
  7. an aggressive and violent young criminal

    Synonyms : goon, hood, hoodlum, punk, strong-armer, thug, toughie
    Type Of : malefactor, criminal, crook, felon, outlaw
  8. a cruel and brutal fellow

    Synonyms : bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo
    Type Of : assaulter, attacker, aggressor, assailant
  9. substantially made or constructed

    Synonyms : sturdy
    Examples :
    • a tough all-weather fabric
    • some plastics are as tough as metal
  10. feeling physical discomfort or pain (`tough' is occasionally used colloquially for `bad')

    Synonyms : bad
    Examples :
    • he was feeling tough after a restless night
  11. not given to gentleness or sentimentality

    Antonyms : tender
    Examples :
    • a tough character
  12. resistant to cutting or chewing

    Antonyms : tender


  1. very sad; especially involving grief or death or destruction

    Synonyms : tragic


  1. a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally)

    Synonyms : sturm und drang, upheaval
    Type Of : disorder
    Examples :
    • the industrial revolution was a period of great turbulence
  2. unstable flow of a liquid or gas

    Synonyms : turbulency
    Type Of : physical phenomenon
  3. instability in the atmosphere

    Type Of : inclemency, bad weather, inclementness


  1. to go back over again

    Synonyms : retrace
    Type Of : return
    Examples :
    • we retraced the route we took last summer
    • trace your path
  2. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : ghost, touch
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
  3. a just detectable amount

    Synonyms : hint, suggestion, tint
    Type Of : small indefinite quantity, small indefinite amount
    Examples :
    • he speaks French with a trace of an accent
  4. make a mark or lines on a surface

    Synonyms : delineate, describe, draw, line
    Type Of : mark
    Examples :
    • trace the outline of a figure in the sand
  5. pursue or chase relentlessly

    Synonyms : hound, hunt
    Type Of : go after, chase after, trail, give chase, dog, chase, tag, tail, track
    Examples :
    • The hunters traced the deer into the woods
  6. an indication that something has been present

    Synonyms : shadow, tincture, vestige
    Type Of : indicant, indication
    Examples :
    • there wasn't a trace of evidence for the claim
  7. follow, discover, or ascertain the course of development of something

    Synonyms : follow
    Type Of : study, analyse, analyze, canvass, examine
    Examples :
    • trace the student's progress
    • trace one's ancestry
  8. read with difficulty

    Synonyms : decipher
    Type Of : read
    Examples :
    • The archeologist traced the hieroglyphs
  9. a drawing created by superimposing a semitransparent sheet of paper on the original image and copying on it the lines of the original image

    Synonyms : tracing
    Type Of : drawing
  10. a visible mark (as a footprint) left by the passage of person or animal or vehicle

    Type Of : print, mark
  11. copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of

    Type Of : re-create, copy
    Examples :
    • trace a design
    • trace a pattern
  12. discover traces of

    Type Of : notice, discover, detect, observe, find
    Examples :
    • She traced the circumstances of her birth
  13. either of two lines that connect a horse's harness to a wagon or other vehicle or to a whiffletree

    Type Of : line
  14. make one's course or travel along a path; travel or pass over, around, or along

    Type Of : continue, go forward, proceed
    Examples :
    • The children traced along the edge of the dark forest
    • The women traced the pasture


  1. a distinguishing feature of your personal nature

    Type Of : attribute


  1. cooking to a brown crispiness over a fire or on a grill

    Synonyms : browning
    Type Of : cookery, cooking, preparation
    Examples :
    • proper toasting should brown both sides of a piece of bread