tapping


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tap·ping

 (tăp′ĭng)
n.
1.
a. The act of one that taps.
b. The process or means by which something is tapped.
2. Something that is taken or drawn by tapping.

tapping

(ˈtæpɪŋ)
n
the act or noise of touching something gently, esp so as to make a soft knocking sounds

tapping

(ˈtæpɪŋ)
n
the act of secretly obtaining information by means of concealed listening or recording devices

tap•ping

(ˈtæp ɪŋ)

n.
1. the act of a person or thing that taps or strikes lightly.
2. the sound produced by this.
[1400–50]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tapping - the sound of light blow or knocktapping - the sound of light blow or knock; "he heard the tapping of the man's cane"
sound - the sudden occurrence of an audible event; "the sound awakened them"
rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat-tat, rat-tat - a series of short sharp taps (as made by strokes on a drum or knocks on a door)
Translations

tapping

n
(of barrel)Anzapfen nt, → Anstich m; (of beer etc from barrel)Abzapfen nt
(of telephone etc)Anzapfen nt
(Med) → Punktieren nt
(fig, of funds etc) → Erschließen nt
(Tech) → Gewindebohren ntor -schneiden nt; tapping drillGewindebohrer m

tap·ping

1. n. percusión;
2. extracción de fluido de una cavidad.
References in classic literature ?
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore, While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Presently my soul grew stronger; hesitating then no longer, "Sir," said I, "or Madam, truly your forgiveness I implore; But the fact is I was napping, and so gently you came rapping, And so faintly you came tapping, tapping at my chamber door, That I scarce was sure I heard you " -- here I opened wide the door; Darkness there and nothing more.
Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore-- While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping, As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
Back into the chamber turning, all my sour within me burning, Soon again I heard a tapping something louder than before.
But she was mistaken; for when night came again she heard the same tapping at the door; and the frog came once more, and said:
Then there would come a sudden leap in, tiger-like, a blow struck, or blows, and a swift leap back, whereupon the left foot would take up again its tapping advance.
It was a pale-faced man who rushed into the Greystoke library to announce that he had found Jack's door locked and had been able to obtain no response to his repeated knocking and calling other than a strange tapping and the sound of what might have been a body moving about upon the floor.
But just keep your head and tap him--whatever you do, keep tapping him.
Suddenly, in a pause of the storm, when the dead silence was almost startling by contrast with the previous uproar, I heard a gentle tapping, which appeared to come from the wall behind my chair.
Picked the people up,' said Mrs Gowan, tapping the sticks of her closed fan (a large green one, which she used as a hand-screen) on her little table.
Slowly, slowly it drew near, scratching against the walls and tapping the furniture.