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Sense: 1, 3, 5, 6
Origin: Old English tæppa
Sense: 2, 4, 7
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: TAP2

tap

1 noun
     
tap
Related topics: Dance, Daily Life
tap1 S3
1

water/gas

[countable]D especially British English a piece of equipment for controlling the flow of water, gas etc from a pipe or container [= faucet American 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.
kitchen/bath/garden tap
I washed my hands under the kitchen tap.
cold/hot tap (=the tap that cold or hot water comes from)
2

a light hit

[countable] an act of hitting something lightly, especially to get someone's attention
tap at/on
She felt a tap on her shoulder.
There was a tap at the door.
3

on tap

a) DFD beer that is on tap comes from a barrel
b) informal something that is on tap is ready to use when you need it:
We've got all the information on tap.
4

dancing

also

tap dancing

[uncountable]APD dancing in which you wear special shoes with pieces of metal on the bottom which make a loud sharp sound on the floor
5

telephone

[countable] an act of secretly listening to someone's telephone, using electronic equipment:
The police had put a tap on his phone line.
6

barrel

[countable]D a specially shaped object used for letting liquid out of a barrel, especially beer
7

tune

taps

[plural]APMPM a song or tune played on the bugle at night in an army camp, and at military funerals

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