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Definition of tap:

  1. A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
  2. A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.
  3. A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
  4. A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Hence, to draw from ( anything) in any analogous way; as, to tap telegraph wires for the purpose of intercepting information; to tap the treasury.
  8. Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap.
  9. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.
  10. To form an internal screw in ( anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut.
  11. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, etc.
  12. To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.
  13. To strike a gentle blow.
  14. 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.


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