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|Origin:||Old English tæppa|
a piece of equipment for controlling the flow of water, gas etc from a pipe or container [= faucet American English]
water/gas[countable]D especially British English
Tap water (=water that comes out of a tap) is usually heavily treated with chemicals.
She went into the bathroom and turned on the taps.
I washed my hands under the kitchen tap.
cold/hot tap (=the tap that cold or hot water comes from)
an act of hitting something lightly, especially to get someone's attention
a light hit[countable]
She felt a tap on her shoulder.
There was a tap at the door.
beer that is on tap comes from a barrel
something that is on tap is ready to use when you need it:
We've got all the information on tap.
dancing in which you wear special shoes with pieces of metal on the bottom which make a loud sharp sound on the floor
an act of secretly listening to someone's telephone, using electronic equipment:
The police had put a tap on his phone line.
a specially shaped object used for letting liquid out of a barrel, especially beer
a song or tune played on the bugle at night in an army camp, and at military funerals