tap

  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