- 1 1.1 (for water) (British English)llave (feminine)to turn the tap on/off
(Spain) grifo (masculine)
(River Plate area) canilla (feminine)
(Peru) caño (masculine)
(Central America) paja (feminine)
(Central America) (Venezuela) chorro (masculine)abrir/cerrar la llave ( or el grifo etc)to leave the taps runningdejar las llaves abiertas ( or los grifos abiertos etc)Example sentences1.2
also: gas tapllave (feminine) del gas1.3 (on barrel) on tap (lit: of beer)de barril(ready for use) we have all that information on taptenemos toda esa información al alcance de la manowe have plenty of experience on tapdisponemos de mucho personal experimentado (on schedule) (American English) [colloquial]
- Look for a model with digital output temperature control, which delivers consistently hot water from the tap, regardless of flow rate.
- Boil for one minute, then drain through a sieve and rinse under the cold tap.
- When you turn on the tap, unfiltered water flows through the faucet head at a full-pressure flow as with any conventional faucet.
- 2 (listening device)micrófono (masculine) de escuchathey put a tap on his phonele intervinieron el teléfonole pincharon el teléfono [colloquial]Example sentences
- Is that because it would have revealed a tap on his phone, a tap on his cell phone and the GPS locator?
- I have a police scanner and a tap on the police computers and phone lines.
- Check it out, but be careful leaving comments - it won't be long before the Department of Homeland Security has a tap on his modem.
transitive verb -pp-
- 1 1.1(cask/barrel)
ponerle una espita a(tree)
- To the back of Adian lay a bar, with flasks and wooden kegs that were tapped for liquid stacked in every available place.
- The early closing time of pubs meant that carousers were forced to gather at dusk in private homes, where the host would tap a barrel.
- When we get back the New Belgium kegs get tapped and we start getting primed for the night.
- The trees are tapped for latex by cutting spiral grooves in the bark and inserting a spout with a cup for collection of the latex.
- In summer they might have found fresh honey in the woods produced by wild bees or perhaps tapped maple trees in spring to harvest sweet sap.
- With the warm days and cold nights, maple trees are tapped for flowing sap.
- The water needed to be tapped from a reliable spring four miles away raising the cost of the scheme to £3,000 - to be paid by the householders.
- The deep Israeli wells in the Jordan Valley have good water quality since they tap the Lower Cenomanian aquifer system.
- President-elect George W. Bush has argued that the oil can be tapped without killing wildlife or marring the environment.
hacer un empalme conExample sentences1.4 1.5 [colloquial]to tap somebody
- The two-man crew has tapped into the oxygen supply of a docked cargo ship.
- There's clearly a huge customer resource yet to be tapped; the question is how to go about it.
- The groundwater that is tapped into by wells on private lands is in fact a common resource, something nobody can effectively own.
forsomething (for money/information)intentar sacarle algo a alguienshe tapped me for informationintentó (son)sacarme informaciónme tiró de la lengua [colloquial]Example sentences
- As for Paul himself, he is the oddball in his family whom they cannot quite work out, but tap for money as if he was a bank.
- He, is an introspective artist whose success has left him in a lonely place, where livelihoods rest on his shoulders and old friends regularly tap him for money and favors.
- In the immediate aftermath of the events, the public may not have thought of libraries as a source to tap for relevant information.
- 2 he thinks his phone's been tappedcree que le han intervenido el teléfono
cree que está siendo objeto de escuchasExample sentences
- For really big cases, the agency buys expensive software from a telephone company to tap phones directly.
- And it is likely that there will be an effort to tap your hard-wired telephone as well - (more on that in a bit).
- A Scanner is a device that is used to tap into cell phone conversations.
- 1 countable (light blow)toque (masculine)she gave me a tap on the shoulder
golpecito (masculine)me dio un toque or golpecito en el hombrothere was a gentle tap at the doortocaron suavemente a la puertaExample sentences
- A quick tap on the first door to his right was all he gave before pushing it open and entering.
- She started toward her bed, but just as she took her first step, a sharp tap sounded at the French doors that led to the terrace outside her window.
- A light tap at the door announced the arrival of the servant.
- 2 uncountable → tap dancing
transitive verb -pp-
- 1 (strike lightly)dar un toque or golpecito enhe tapped her on the shoulderle dio un toque or golpecito en el hombrohe was tapping his fingers on the tabletamborileaba con los dedos sobre la mesato tap in a command/code (Computing)teclear una orden/un códigoExample sentences
- With lifeless voices, singers march through the streets, striking bells and tapping on drums made of buffalo skin.
- She taps the ‘send’ button and I hear the computer printer crackle in the kitchen behind us as it prints out the order ticket.
- Gently tap to eliminate excess spice mixture and then coat uniformly with bread crumbs.
intransitive verb -pp-
- 1 (strike lightly)to tap
at/ onsomethingdar toques or golpecitosshe's upstairs, tapping away at the keys enalgoestá arriba, dándole a la máquina
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