tap ( taps plural & 3rd person present) ( tapping present participle) ( tapped past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A tap is a device that controls the flow of a liquid or gas from a pipe or container, for example on a sink.
She turned on the taps., ...a cold-water tap...
in AM, use faucet
2 verb If you tap something, you hit it with a quick light blow or a series of quick light blows.
He tapped the table to still the shouts of protest... V n
Grace tapped on the bedroom door and went in... V adv/prep
Tap is also a noun., n-count usu N on/at n
A tap on the door interrupted him and Sally Pierce came in.
3 verb If you tap your fingers or feet, you make a regular pattern of sound by hitting a surface lightly and repeatedly with them, especially while you are listening to music.
The song's so catchy it makes you bounce round the living room or tap your feet. V n
4 verb If you tap a resource or situation, you make use of it by getting from it something that you need or want.
He owes his election to having tapped deep public disillusion with professional politicians... V n
The company is tapping shareholders for £15.8 million... V n for n
The Campbell Soup Company says it will try to tap into Japan's rice market. V into n
5 verb If someone taps your telephone, they attach a special device to the line so that they can secretly listen to your conversations.
The government passed laws allowing the police to tap telephones... V n
Tap is also a noun., n-count oft n N
He assured MPs that ministers and MPs were not subjected to phone taps.
6 If drinks are on tap, they come from a tap rather than from a bottle.
on tap phrase usu v-link PHR
Filtered water is always on tap, making it very convenient to use.
7 If something is on tap, you can have as much of it as you want whenever you want. INFORMAL
on tap phrase usu v-link PHR The advantage of group holidays is company on tap but time alone if you want it.
tap dancer ( tap dancers plural ) A tap dancer is a dancer who does tap dancing. n-count
tap dancing , tap-dancing
Tap dancing is a style of dancing in which the dancers wear special shoes with pieces of metal on the heels and toes. The shoes make loud sharp sounds as the dancers move their feet. n-uncount
Tap water is the water that comes out of a tap in a building such as a house or a hotel. n-uncount