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Definition 1: a light touch or stroke - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) the act of putting two things together with no space between them

"at his touch the room filled with lights"

Definition 2: the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically

Definition 3: a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) a regulator for controlling the flow of a liquid from a reservoir

(tap is a kind of ...) a fixture for the distribution and use of water in a building

Definition 4: a plug for a bunghole in a cask - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) blockage consisting of an object designed to fill a hole tightly

(... is part of tap) a cylindrical container that holds liquids

Definition 5: a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads - [noun denoting artifact]

(tap is a kind of ...) an implement used in the practice of a vocation

Definition 6: a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing) - [noun denoting artifact]

(tap is a kind of ...) a sheet of metal or wood or glass or plastic

(tap belongs to category ...) taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Definition 7: the sound made by a gentle blow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

(... is a kind of tap ) a series of rapid tapping sounds

"she missed the pitter-patter of little feet around the house"

Definition 8: a gentle blow - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) an impact (as from a collision)

"the bump threw him off the bicycle"

Definition 9: make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently - [verb of communication]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce
  • My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

(... is a kind of tap ) seek alms, as for religious purposes

(... is a kind of tap ) solicit votes from potential voters in an electoral campaign

(... is a kind of tap ) detain in conversation by or as if by holding on to the outer garments of; as for political or economic favors

Definition 10: draw from; make good use of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • we must exploit the resources we are given wisely

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose

"use your head!" "we only use Spanish at home" "I can't use this tool" "Apply a magnetic field here" "This thinking was applied to many projects" "How do you utilize this tool?" "I apply this rule to get good results" "use the plastic bags to store the food" "He doesn't know how to use a computer"

(... is a kind of tap ) make the most of

"He maximized his role"

(... is a kind of tap ) exploit the power of

"harness natural forces and resources"

(... is a kind of tap ) get from the earth by excavation

"mine ores and metals"

(... is a kind of tap ) extract (something such as stones) from or as if from a quarry

"quarry marble"

(... is a kind of tap ) exploit excessively

"We should not overexploit our natural resources"

(... is a kind of tap ) exploit for maximal profit, usually by sacrificing quality

"The hotel owners are commercializing the beaches"

(... is a kind of tap ) exploit as much as possible

"I am milking this for all it's worth"

Definition 11: strike lightly - [verb of contact]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • He tapped me on the shoulder

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon

"The teacher struck the child" "the opponent refused to strike" "The boxer struck the attacker dead"

(... is a kind of tap ) strike or tap firmly

"the doctor percussed his chest and back"

Definition 12: cut a female screw thread with a tap - [verb of contact]

(tap is a kind of ...) separate with or as if with an instrument

"Cut the rope"

Definition 13: pierce in order to draw a liquid from - [verb of contact]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tap a maple tree for its syrup
  • tap a keg of beer

(tap is a kind of ...) make a hole into

"The needle pierced her flesh"

(tap has a similar meaning as ...) furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

"tap a cask of wine"

Definition 14: walk with a tapping sound - [verb of motion]

(tap is a kind of ...) use one's feet to advance; advance by steps

"Walk, don't run!" "We walked instead of driving" "She walks with a slight limp" "The patient cannot walk yet" "Walk over to the cabinet"

Definition 15: dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes - [verb of motion]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Glover tapdances better than anybody

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

"My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"

Definition 16: draw (liquor) from a tap - [verb of motion]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tap beer in a bar

(tap is a kind of ...) take liquid out of a container or well

"She drew water from the barrel"

(tap has a similar meaning as ...) furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it

"tap a cask of wine"

Definition 17: tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information - [verb of perception]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy
  • Is this hotel room bugged?

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) listen without the speaker's knowledge

"the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"

Definition 18: make light, repeated taps on a surface - [verb of perception]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently

Synonyms for tap in the sense of this definition

(tap is a kind of ...) make a certain noise or sound

"She went `Mmmmm'" "The gun went `bang'"

Definition 19: draw from or dip into to get something - [verb of possession]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tap one's memory
  • tap a source of money

(tap is a kind of ...) remove (a commodity) from (a supply source)

"She drew $2,000 from the account" "The doctors drew medical supplies from the hospital's emergency bank"

Definition 20: furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it - [verb of possession]

Samples where tap or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • tap a cask of wine

(tap is a kind of ...) give something useful or necessary to

"We provided the room with an electrical heater"

(tap has a similar meaning as ...) pierce in order to draw a liquid from

"tap a maple tree for its syrup" "tap a keg of beer"

(tap has a similar meaning as ...) draw (liquor) from a tap

"tap beer in a bar"

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