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tap1 to strike or cause to strike lightly, and often several times. [7 definitions]
tap2 a device to control the flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container, or a plug to prevent such a flow; spigot; faucet. [9 definitions]
tapa the inner bark of the paper mulberry. [2 definitions]
tap dance a dance in which the performer, wearing shoes with special hard soles, uses the foot, heel, or toe to tap out a rhythm.
tap-dance to perform a tap dance.
tape a long narrow strip of material, usu. of plastic, cloth, or paper, sometimes having adhesive on one side. [5 definitions]
tape deck a tape recorder and player without its own amplifier or speaker, usu. part of a larger sound system.
tape measure a long strip of cloth or flexible metal having units such as inches, feet, centimeters, or meters marked on it, used for measuring.
taper to narrow, as toward a point. [7 definitions]
tape-record to record (sound) onto magnetic tape.
tape recorder a machine used to record sound onto magnetic tape or to play back the sound recorded.
tapestry a piece of heavy fabric on which a design or representation has been woven with colored threads, usu. by hand, used as a wall hanging or for other decorative purposes. [3 definitions]
tapeworm any of various flatworms that live as parasites in the intestines of humans and other vertebrates.
tapioca a starch obtained from the cassava root, refined in small beads or other forms, and used as a thickening agent in puddings and other foods.
tapir any of several related four-footed, hoofed, piglike mammals that have a heavy body, short legs, and a long flexible fleshy snout.
tappet in an engine or machine, a connecting rod moved by a cam so as to cause movement in another part such as a valve.
taproom a barroom or bar.
taproot a large main root of a plant, usu. growing straight down, from which smaller roots branch laterally.
taps (used with a sing. verb) the signal played on a trumpet or drum in the U.S. military forces to order the lights to be extinguished, or at the end of a funeral or memorial service.
tar1 a dark, oily, sticky, heavy substance obtained by the destructive distillation of wood, coal, or peat, and used in protective coatings and sealants, as on roads and roofs. [3 definitions]
tar2 (informal) a sailor.