Punch vs Tapping - What's the difference?

punch | tapping |

As a proper noun punch

is (british) a glove puppet who is the main character used in a punch and judy show.

As a noun tapping is

an act of making a light hit or strike against something.

As a verb tapping is




(wikipedia punch)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) punchen, partially from (etyl) .


  • (countable) A hit or strike with one's fist.
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  • , year=2011 , date=November 3 , author=Chris Bevan , title=Rubin Kazan 1 - 0 Tottenham , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Another Karadeniz cross led to Cudicini's first save of the night, with the Spurs keeper making up for a weak punch by brilliantly pushing away Christian Noboa's snap-shot.}}
  • (uncountable) Power, strength, energy.
  • (uncountable) Impact.
  • (countable) A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to punch.
  • Synonyms
    * (A strike with the fist) box, bunch of fives (UK) * oomph, pep
    * (A strike with the fist) jab, hook, uppercut, pounding
    Derived terms
    * beat somebody to the punch * kidney punch * one-two punch * pleased as punch * pull punches * punch drunk * roll with the punches * Sunday punch
    See also
    * (A strike with the fist) slap


  • To strike with one's fist.
  • If she punches me, I'm gonna break her nose.
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  • To operate (a device or system) by depressing a button, key, bar, or pedal, or by similar means.
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  • To enter (information) on a device or system.
  • To hit (a ball or similar object) with less than full force.
  • He punched a hit into shallow left field.
  • To make holes in something
  • To thrust against; to poke.
  • to punch one with the end of a stick or the elbow
    * (To strike with the fist) box
    Derived terms
    * punch above one's weight * punch below one's weight

    Etymology 2

    Shortened form of puncheon, from (etyl) .


  • (countable) A device, generally slender and round, used for creating holes in thin material, for driving an object through a hole in a containing object, or to stamp or emboss a mark or design on a surface.
  • (countable) A mechanism for punching holes in paper or other thin material.
  • (countable) A hole or opening created with a punch
  • (piledriving) An extension piece applied to the top of a pile; a dolly.
  • A prop, as for the roof of a mine.
  • See also
    * centrepunch, centre punch * nail punch * three-hole punch


  • To employ a punch to create a hole in or stamp or emboss a mark on something.
  • To mark a ticket.
  • Hypernyms
    * (to create a hole) perforate, pierce
    Derived terms
    * punch in * punch out

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


  • (uncountable) A beverage, generally containing a mixture of fruit juice and some other beverage, often alcoholic.
  • See also

    * punch drunk ----




    (wikipedia tapping) (en noun)
  • An act of making a light hit or strike against something.
  • *1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 20
  • *:As he was speaking there was a soft tapping at the door. I went over and opened it...
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  • , passage=She has rapid and powerful footwork, but she doesn’t wow you with any special trills or woodpecker tappings . }}
  • (music) A guitar technique in which the strings are tapped against the fingerboard
  • Verb