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wiretap

wire·tap

wiretap

 
pronunciation:
waIr taep
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a concealed device attached to the wires, usu. of a telephone, to permit eavesdropping on or recording of private conversations.
similar words:
bug, tap
definition 2: the act or technique of installing or using such a device.
similar words:
tap
 
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wiretapped, wiretapping, wiretaps
definition 1: to monitor (a telephone line) by means of a wiretap.
similar words:
tap
definition 2: to obtain (something as evidence of criminal conduct) by this means.
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to install a wiretap on a telephone line or monitor the line by this means.
derivation: wiretapper (n.)