(obsolete) A decorative wall-hanging; a hanging cloth or piece of tapestry.
* 1590 , Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene , III.xi:
- in those Tapets weren fashioned / Many faire pourtraicts, and many a faire feate [...].
From (etyl) , from the noun.
A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.
A device used to dispense liquids.
Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.
- We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap .
A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.
(mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)
- a liquor of the same tap
A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.
- We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.
An interception of communication by authority.
- The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.
* tap water
* (device to dispense liquid) faucet, handle, spigot, spout
To furnish with taps.
To draw off liquid from a vessel.
To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection.
- He tapped a new barrel of beer.
To intercept a communication without authority.
- They can't tap the phone without a warrant.
(mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.
- He was known to tap cable television
- Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.
* on tap
* on the tap
* tap into
* tapped out
* (intercept communications) eavesdrop
Device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.
From (etyl) tappen, teppen, from (etyl) tapper, .
To strike lightly.
To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.
- He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table.
- She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go.
To make a sharp noise.
- Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.
To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'.
(slang) To have sexual intercourse with.
- The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.
- I would tap that hot girl over there.
(combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.
(combat sports) To force (an opponent) to submit.
* 2000' October 14, "K®Æz¥ k ° †€°" (username), "
- I'd tap that.
Kimo ' Tapped Sakuraba", in alt.ufc, Usenet:
* 2003' April 2, "Eddie" (username), "
- Hard to believe , but 4 years can make a difference.
I ' Tapped Somebody!", in rec.martial-arts, Usenet:
* 2004 April 7, "Araxen" (username), "
- Just started bjj [= couple of months ago and i finally tapped' someone!!! WOOOHOO! The guy i ' tapped has been traiing a few more months than me, outweighs me by at least 30 pounds, and is in great shape from the army.
Re: UFC vs. Boxing", in rec.sport.boxing, Usenet:
To put a new sole or heel on.
- weighs and he still tapped Butterbean.
- to tap shoes
* (sense) hit, patter, pound, rap, strike
* (to make a sharp noise) bang, ping, rap
* (to submit to an opponent) tap out
* (to force an opponent to submit) tap out
A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
(computing) The act of touching a touch screen.
A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.
(military) A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed; usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.
- When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.