wiretap

(redirected from wiretaps)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

wire·tap

 (wīr′tăp′)
n.
1. An act of secretly listening to or recording a person's telephone or internet conversations, often as part of a police investigation.
2. A device that is connected to a communications circuit in a concealed fashion in order to enable a wiretap.
tr.v. wire·tapped, wire·tap·ping, wire·taps
1. To listen to or record in secret (a conversation carried on over a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
2. To wiretap the conversations on (a telephone line or other communications channel), often as part of a police investigation.
3. To wiretap the conversations of (a person) or the communications devices in (a place).
4. To connect a concealed listening or recording device to (a telephone line).

wire′tap′per n.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

wiretap

(ˈwaɪəˌtæp)
vb, -taps, -tapping or -tapped
(Telecommunications) to make a connection to a telegraph or telephone wire in order to obtain information secretly
ˈwireˌtapper n
ˈwireˌtapping n
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014

wire•tap

(ˈwaɪərˌtæp)

n., v. -tapped, -tap•ping. n.
1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
v.t.
2. to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a conversation.
v.i.
3. to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
[1900–05]
wire′tap`per, n.
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.

wiretap


Past participle: wiretapped
Gerund: wiretapping

Imperative
wiretap
wiretap
Present
I wiretap
you wiretap
he/she/it wiretaps
we wiretap
you wiretap
they wiretap
Preterite
I wiretapped
you wiretapped
he/she/it wiretapped
we wiretapped
you wiretapped
they wiretapped
Present Continuous
I am wiretapping
you are wiretapping
he/she/it is wiretapping
we are wiretapping
you are wiretapping
they are wiretapping
Present Perfect
I have wiretapped
you have wiretapped
he/she/it has wiretapped
we have wiretapped
you have wiretapped
they have wiretapped
Past Continuous
I was wiretapping
you were wiretapping
he/she/it was wiretapping
we were wiretapping
you were wiretapping
they were wiretapping
Past Perfect
I had wiretapped
you had wiretapped
he/she/it had wiretapped
we had wiretapped
you had wiretapped
they had wiretapped
Future
I will wiretap
you will wiretap
he/she/it will wiretap
we will wiretap
you will wiretap
they will wiretap
Future Perfect
I will have wiretapped
you will have wiretapped
he/she/it will have wiretapped
we will have wiretapped
you will have wiretapped
they will have wiretapped
Future Continuous
I will be wiretapping
you will be wiretapping
he/she/it will be wiretapping
we will be wiretapping
you will be wiretapping
they will be wiretapping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wiretapping
you have been wiretapping
he/she/it has been wiretapping
we have been wiretapping
you have been wiretapping
they have been wiretapping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wiretapping
you will have been wiretapping
he/she/it will have been wiretapping
we will have been wiretapping
you will have been wiretapping
they will have been wiretapping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wiretapping
you had been wiretapping
he/she/it had been wiretapping
we had been wiretapping
you had been wiretapping
they had been wiretapping
Conditional
I would wiretap
you would wiretap
he/she/it would wiretap
we would wiretap
you would wiretap
they would wiretap
Past Conditional
I would have wiretapped
you would have wiretapped
he/she/it would have wiretapped
we would have wiretapped
you would have wiretapped
they would have wiretapped
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wiretap - the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information
investigating, investigation - the work of inquiring into something thoroughly and systematically
Verb1.wiretap - tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"
eavesdrop, listen in - listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations"
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.

wiretap

verb
To monitor (telephone calls) with a concealed listening device connected to the circuit:
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
Translations

wiretap

[ˈwaɪətæp] (US)
B. VT [+ telephone] → intervenir; [+ room] → poner escuchas telefónicas en
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
References in periodicals archive ?
Indeed, Al Gore's "Athenian Age" of enhanced democracy was a lot shorter-lived than the original, if it drew breath at all, and with the election fiascoes and terrorist attacks of the past two years, the Bush administration has easily drowned out pleas for online town meetings and voting, clamoring instead for roving wiretaps and encryption controls.
cards, roving wiretaps, indefinite detainment of suspects, lower burdens of proof, intensified surveillance, and much more--raise serious questions about the government's commitment to civil liberties.
It allows law enforcement authorities to use wiretaps to monitor private communications while investigating crimes involving illegal drugs, guns or murder thought to have been committed by organized crime groups, or the mass smuggling of people into Japan.
NTT DoCoMo Inc., Japan's largest cellular phone services provider, has decided not to send employees to monitor police wiretaps, citing the cost and stress on workers, company sources said
The use of wiretaps as an investigative tool by government and law enforcement agencies has long been a controversial issue in the United States.
Second, this Note argues that the Court's interpretation of the plain language of [sections] 2232 (c) is correct; a person can violate the statute by disclosing an expired wiretap. Furthermore, this interpretation is also consistent with congressional intent behind [sections] 2232 (c) to protect the secrecy of government wiretaps.
Until recently, technology has happened to allow for cheap wiretaps. New digital telephone technologies, however, may soon make wiretaps more difficult, and new encryption technologies may soon make them almost impossible.
If widely used, such a scheme would preserve the ability of government agencies to conduct authorized wiretaps. "We have long needed to rely on wiretaps to help protect society from some of its greatest dangers," insists Webster Hubbell, associate attorney general at the Justice Department.
At the center of this shadowy business is the telephone company, Cincinnati Bell, which is accused in a $112 million class-action suit of selling information from the wiretaps. Just what information is unclear because most of the evidence in the case has been sealed by the court at Bell's request, a move unaccountably acquiesced in by the plaintiffs' lawyer.
'If cases will be filed [against] these politicians, it will be based on other evidence and not the wiretaps,' he said.
"If cases will be filed vs [these] politicians, it will be based on other evidences and not wiretaps," he added.