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English noun: tap

1. tap (event) the sound made by a gentle blow


Synonymspat, rap


Broader (hypernym)sound


Narrower (hyponym)pitter-patter

2. tap (event) a gentle blow


Synonymsrap, strike


Broader (hypernym)blow, bump

3. tap (artifact) a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask


Synonymshydrant, water faucet, water tap


Broader (hypernym)faucet, plumbing fixture, spigot

4. tap (artifact) a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)


Broader (hypernym)plate


Domain categorydance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

5. tap (artifact) a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads


Broader (hypernym)tool

6. tap (artifact) a plug for a bunghole in a cask


Synonymsspigot


Broader (hypernym)plug, stopper, stopple


Part meronymbarrel, cask

7. tap (act) the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information


Synonymswiretap


Broader (hypernym)investigating, investigation

8. tap (act) a light touch or stroke


Synonymsdab, pat


Broader (hypernym)touch, touching


English verb: tap

1. tap (contact) cut a female screw thread with a tap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)cut

2. tap (possession) draw from or dip into to get something


SamplesTap one's memory.
Tap a source of money.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)draw, draw off, take out, withdraw

3. tap (contact) strike lightly


SamplesHe tapped me on the shoulder.


Synonymstip


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)strike


Narrower (hyponym)percuss

4. tap (consumption) draw from; make good use of


SamplesWe must exploit the resources we are given wisely.


Synonymsexploit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize


Narrower (hyponym)commercialize, harness, maximise, maximize, milk, mine, overexploit, quarry

5. tap (perception) tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information


SamplesThe FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy.
Is this hotel room bugged?.


Synonymsbug, intercept, wiretap


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)eavesdrop, listen in

6. tap (possession) furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it


SamplesTap a cask of wine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)furnish, provide, render, supply


Verb grouptap, tap

7. tap (perception) make light, repeated taps on a surface


SamplesHe was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently.


Synonymsknock, pink, rap


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)go, sound

8. tap (motion) walk with a tapping sound


ExamplesThe children tap to the playground


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Broader (hypernym)walk

9. tap (motion) dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes


SamplesGlover tapdances better than anybody.


ExamplesSam and Sue tap


Synonymstapdance


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

10. tap (motion) draw (liquor) from a tap


SamplesTap beer in a bar.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)draw, take out


Verb grouptap

11. tap (contact) pierce in order to draw a liquid from


SamplesTap a maple tree for its syrup.
Tap a keg of beer.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)pierce


Verb grouptap

12. tap (communication) make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently


SamplesHenry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce.
My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities.


Synonymsbeg, solicit


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something from somebody


Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request


Narrower (hyponym)buttonhole, canvas, canvass, lobby, quest









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