Tap, v. t. 1. To pierce so as to let out, or draw off, a fluid; as, to tap a cask, a tree, a tumor, a keg of beer, etc.
2. Hence, to draw resources from (a reservoir) in any analogous way; as, to
tap someone's knowledge of the Unix system; to
tap the treasury.
3. To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.
He has been tapping his liquors.Addison.
(Mech.) To form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to
tap a nut, a pipe, or tubing.
5. to connect a listening device to (a telephone or telegraph line) secretly, for the purpose of hearing private conversations; also, to obtain or record (information) by tapping; -- a technique used by law enforcement agencies investigating suspected criminals. In the United States it is illegal without a court order permitting it.
Ta"pa(?), n. A kind of cloth prepared by the Polynesians from the inner bark of the paper mulberry; -- sometimes called also kapa.
Tap`a*de"ro(?) }, n.}
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Ta`pa*yax"in(?), n. (Zol.) A Mexican spinous lizard (Phrynosoma orbiculare) having a head somewhat like that of a toad; -- called also horned toad.
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