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tap2

 
pronunciation:
taep
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
on tap
part of speech: noun
definition 1: 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.
Water flows through when the tap is open.
synonyms:
bung, cock, faucet, petcock, plug, spigot, spile, stopcock, stopper, valve
similar words:
cork, peg
definition 2: an act or instance of, or a device for, wiretapping.
The investigators placed a tap on the suspect's telephone.
synonyms:
bug, wire, wiretap, wiretapping, wiring
definition 3: the surgical drawing of bodily fluid, as from the spine.
a spinal tap
synonyms:
aspirating, bloodletting, phlebotomy
similar words:
cupping, draining, leeching
definition 4: a tool for cutting a screw thread inside a cylindrical opening.
similar words:
bore
phrase: on tap
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tapped, tapping, taps
definition 1: to put a spigot or hole in (a container) in order to draw off liquid or gas.
The surgeon tapped the patient's chest with a hollow needle in order to remove the fluid.
similar words:
open, uncork, unplug
definition 2: to draw off (liquid, gas, electricity, or the like), or draw off from (a main pipe, wire, or the like).
We tapped sap from the tree.We tapped the tree.
synonyms:
bleed, drain, draw
similar words:
aspirate, extract, pipette, sap, siphon
definition 3: to draw upon (some resource or a supply of funds).
She tapped her savings to buy an expensive gift.
synonyms:
draw on
similar words:
employ, exploit, milk, mine, utilize
definition 4: to connect wires secretly to (a telephone line) for the purpose of eavesdropping; wiretap.
His phone line was tapped by the police.
synonyms:
wire, wiretap
definition 5: to cut screw threads in (an object or opening).
similar words:
bore
derivation: tapper (n.)