• A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask.
  • A device used to dispense liquids.
  • Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.
  • A place where liquor is drawn for drinking.
  • A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)
  • A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.
  • An interception of communication by authority.
  • A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.
  • A procedure that removes fluid from a body cavity.
  • The situation where a borrowing government authority issues bonds over a period of time, usually at a fixed price, with volumes sold on a particular day dependent on market conditions.
  • A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.
  • 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 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.
  • A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [ɾ] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.
  • An Indian malarial fever.



  • From Middle English tappe, from Old English tæppa, from Proto-Germanic *tappô. The verb is from Middle English tappen, from Old English tæppian, from Proto-Germanic *tappōną, from the noun.
  • From Middle English tappen, teppen, from Old French tapper, taper, of Germanic origin, from Frankish *tappōn, *dabbōn or from Middle Low German tappen, tapen ; both ultimately from Proto-Germanic *dab- ("to strike"), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰAbʰ- ("to beat, strike, stun, be speechless"). Related to German tappen ("to grope, fumble"), Icelandic tappa, tapsa, tæpta. Related to dab.
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