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Hit vs. Tap

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Hitverb

To strike.

Tapnoun

A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.

Hitverb

(transitive) To administer a blow to, directly or with a weapon or missile.

‘One boy hit the other.’;

Tapnoun

A device used to dispense liquids.

‘We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.’;

Hitverb

(transitive) To come into contact with forcefully and suddenly.

‘The ball hit the fence.’;

Tapnoun

Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.

‘a liquor of the same tap’;

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Hitverb

(intransitive) To strike against something.

Tapnoun

A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.

Hitverb

To kill a person, usually on the instructions of a third party.

‘Hit him tonight and throw the body in the river.’;

Tapnoun

(mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)

‘We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.’;

Hitverb

To attack, especially amphibiously.

‘If intelligence had been what it should have been, I don't think we'd ever have hit that island.’;

Tapnoun

A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.

‘The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.’;

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Hitverb

To briefly visit.

‘We hit the grocery store on the way to the park.’;

Tapnoun

An interception of communication by authority.

Hitverb

To encounter an obstacle or other difficulty.

‘You'll hit some nasty thunderstorms if you descend too late.’; ‘We hit a lot of traffic coming back from the movies.’;

Tapnoun

A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.

Hitverb

(heading) To attain, to achieve.

Tapnoun

A procedure that removes fluid from a body cavity; paracentesis.

‘abdominal tap, pleural tap, spinal tap’;

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Hitverb

To reach or achieve.

‘I hit the jackpot.’; ‘The movie hits theaters in December.’; ‘The temperature could hit 110°F tomorrow.’; ‘We hit Detroit at one in the morning but kept driving through the night.’;

Tapnoun

A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.

‘When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.’;

Hitverb

(intransitive) To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, often by luck.

Tapnoun

tap dance

Hitverb

To guess; to light upon or discover.

Tapnoun

(computing) The act of touching a touch screen.

Hitverb

(transitive) To affect negatively.

‘The economy was hit by a recession.’; ‘The hurricane hit his fishing business hard.’;

Tapnoun

A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.

Hitverb

(metaphorically) To attack.

Tapnoun

(military) 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.

Hitverb

To make a play.

Tapnoun

(phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [ɾ] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.

Hitverb

In blackjack, to deal a card to.

‘Hit me.’;

Tapnoun

An Indian malarial fever.

Hitverb

To come up to bat.

‘Jones hit for the pitcher.’;

Tapverb

To furnish with taps.

‘If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!’;

Hitverb

(backgammon) To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; said of a single unprotected piece on a point.

Tapverb

To draw off liquid from a vessel.

‘He tapped a new barrel of beer.’;

Hitverb

To use; to connect to.

‘The external web servers hit DBSRV7, but the internal web server hits DBSRV3.’;

Tapverb

To deplete, especially of a liquid via a tap; to tap out.

Hitverb

To have sex with.

‘I'd hit that.’;

Tapverb

To exploit.

‘Businesses are trying to tap the youth market.’;

Hitverb

To inhale an amount of smoke from a narcotic substance, particularly marijuana.

Tapverb

To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection.

‘They can't tap the phone without a warrant.’;

Hitnoun

A blow; a punch; a striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.

‘The hit was very slight.’;

Tapverb

To intercept a communication without authority.

‘He was known to tap cable television’;

Hitnoun

Something very successful, such as a song, film, or video game, that receives widespread recognition and acclaim.

Tapverb

(mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.

‘Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.’;

Hitnoun

An attack on a location, person or people.

Tapverb

To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn (by analogy to "tapping," in the sense of drawing on to the point of temporary exhaustion, the resources or abilities represented by the card).

Hitnoun

In the game of Battleship, a correct guess at where one's opponent ship is.

Tapverb

(informal) To cadge, borrow or beg.

‘I tried to tap a cigarette off him, but he wouldn't give me one.’;

Hitnoun

A match found by searching a computer system or search engine

Tapverb

To drain off fluid by paracentesis.

Hitnoun

(Internet) A measured visit to a web site, a request for a single file from a web server.

‘My site received twice as many hits after being listed in a search engine.’;

Tapverb

To strike lightly.

Hitnoun

An approximately correct answer in a test set.

Tapverb

To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.

‘He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table.’; ‘She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go.’; ‘Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.’;

Hitnoun

(baseball) The complete play, when the batter reaches base without the benefit of a walk, error, or fielder’s choice.

‘The catcher got a hit to lead off the fifth.’;

Tapverb

To make a sharp noise.

‘The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.’;

Hitnoun

(colloquial) A dose of an illegal or addictive drug.

‘Where am I going to get my next hit?’;

Tapverb

To operate an electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) by tapping a specific place on its (capacitive or other) touch screen.

Hitnoun

A premeditated murder done for criminal or political purposes.

Tapverb

To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'.

Hitnoun

(dated) A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark.

‘a happy hit’;

Tapverb

To have sexual intercourse with.

‘I would tap that hot girl over there.’; ‘I'd tap that.’;

Hitnoun

(backgammon) A move that throws one of the opponent's men back to the entering point.

Tapverb

(combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.

Hitnoun

(backgammon) A game won after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts for less than a gammon.

Tapverb

To force (an opponent) to submit.

Hitadjective

Very successful.

‘The band played their hit song to the delight of the fans.’;

Tapverb

To put a new sole or heel on.

‘to tap shoes’;

Hitpronoun

(dialectal) It.

Tapverb

To strike with a slight or gentle blow; to touch gently; to rap lightly; to pat; as, to tap one with the hand or a cane.

Hitpronoun

It.

Tapverb

To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.

Hit

3d pers. sing. pres. of Hide, contracted from hideth.

Tapverb

To strike a gentle blow.

Hitverb

To reach with a stroke or blow; to strike or touch, usually with force; especially, to reach or touch (an object aimed at).

‘I think you have hit the mark.’;

Tapverb

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.

Hitverb

To reach or attain exactly; to meet according to the occasion; to perform successfully; to attain to; to accord with; to be conformable to; to suit.

‘Birds learning tunes, and their endeavors to hit the notes right.’; ‘There you hit him; . . . that argument never fails with him.’; ‘Whose saintly visage is too brightTo hit the sense of human sight.’; ‘He scarcely hit my humor.’;

Tapverb

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.

Hitverb

To guess; to light upon or discover.

Tapverb

To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.

‘He has been tapping his liquors.’;

Hitverb

To take up, or replace by a piece belonging to the opposing player; - said of a single unprotected piece on a point.

Tapverb

To form an internal screw in (anything) by means of a tool called a tap; as, to tap a nut, a pipe, or tubing.

Hitverb

To meet or come in contact; to strike; to clash; - followed by against or on.

‘If bodies be extension alone, how can they move and hit one against another?’; ‘Corpuscles, meeting with or hitting on those bodies, become conjoined with them.’;

Tapverb

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.

Hitverb

To meet or reach what was aimed at or desired; to succeed, - often with implied chance, or luck.

‘And oft it hitsWhere hope is coldest and despair most fits.’; ‘And millions miss for one that hits.’;

Tapnoun

A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.

Hitnoun

A striking against; the collision of one body against another; the stroke that touches anything.

‘So he the famed Cilician fencer praised,And, at each hit, with wonder seems amazed.’;

Tapnoun

A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel.

Hitnoun

A stroke of success in an enterprise, as by a fortunate chance; as, he made a hit;

‘What late he called a blessing, now was wit,And God's good providence, a lucky hit.’;

Tapnoun

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.

Hitnoun

A peculiarly apt expression or turn of thought; a phrase which hits the mark; as, a happy hit.

Tapnoun

A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.

Hitnoun

A game won at backgammon after the adversary has removed some of his men. It counts less than a gammon.

Tapnoun

A plug or spile for stopping a hole pierced in a cask, or the like; a faucet.

Hitnoun

A striking of the ball; as, a safe hit; a foul hit; - sometimes used specifically for a base hit.

Tapnoun

Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor; as, a liquor of the same tap.

Hitnoun

An act of murder performed for hire, esp. by a professional assassin.

Tapnoun

A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.

Hitnoun

(baseball) a successful stroke in an athletic contest (especially in baseball);

‘he came all the way around on Williams' hit’;

Tapnoun

A tool for forming an internal screw, as in a nut, consisting of a hardened steel male screw grooved longitudinally so as to have cutting edges.

Hitnoun

the act of contacting one thing with another;

‘repeated hitting raised a large bruise’; ‘after three misses she finally got a hit’;

Tapnoun

the sound made by a gentle blow

Hitnoun

a conspicuous success;

‘that song was his first hit and marked the beginning of his career’; ‘that new Broadway show is a real smasher’; ‘the party went with a bang’;

Tapnoun

a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Hitnoun

(physics) an brief event in which two or more bodies come together;

‘the collision of the particles resulted in an exchange of energy and a change of direction’;

Tapnoun

a gentle blow

Hitnoun

a dose of a narcotic drug

Tapnoun

a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

Hitnoun

a murder carried out by an underworld syndicate;

‘it has all the earmarks of a Mafia hit’;

Tapnoun

a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Hitnoun

a connection made via the internet to another website;

‘WordNet gets many hits from users worldwide’;

Tapnoun

a plug for a bunghole in a cask

Hitverb

cause to move by striking;

‘hit a ball’;

Tapnoun

the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Hitverb

hit against; come into sudden contact with;

‘The car hit a tree’; ‘He struck the table with his elbow’;

Tapnoun

a light touch or stroke

Hitverb

affect or afflict suddenly, usually adversely;

‘We were hit by really bad weather’; ‘He was stricken with cancer when he was still a teenager’; ‘The earthquake struck at midnight’;

Tapverb

cut a female screw thread with a tap

Hitverb

deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument;

‘He hit her hard in the face’;

Tapverb

draw from or dip into to get something;

‘tap one's memory’; ‘tap a source of money’;

Hitverb

reach a destination, either real or abstract;

‘We hit Detroit by noon’; ‘The water reached the doorstep’; ‘We barely made it to the finish line’; ‘I have to hit the MAC machine before the weekend starts’;

Tapverb

strike lightly;

‘He tapped me on the shoulder’;

Hitverb

reach a point in time, or a certain state or level;

‘The thermometer hit 100 degrees’; ‘This car can reach a speed of 140 miles per hour’;

Tapverb

draw from; make good use of;

‘we must exploit the resources we are given wisely’;

Hitverb

hit with a missile from a weapon

Tapverb

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?’;

Hitverb

cause to experience suddenly;

‘Panic struck me’; ‘An interesting idea hit her’; ‘A thought came to me’; ‘The thought struck terror in our minds’; ‘They were struck with fear’;

Tapverb

furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it;

‘tap a cask of wine’;

Hitverb

make a strategic, offensive, assault against an enemy, opponent, or a target;

‘The Germans struck Poland on Sept. 1, 1939’; ‘We must strike the enemy's oil fields’; ‘in the fifth inning, the Giants struck, sending three runners home to win the game 5 to 2’;

Tapverb

make light, repeated taps on a surface;

‘he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently’;

Hitverb

hit the intended target or goal

Tapverb

walk with a tapping sound

Hitverb

produce by manipulating keys or strings of musical instruments, also metaphorically;

‘The pianist strikes a middle C’; ‘strike `z' on the keyboard’; ‘her comments struck a sour note’;

Tapverb

dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes;

‘Glover tapdances better than anybody’;

Hitverb

encounter by chance;

‘I stumbled across a long-lost cousin last night in a restaurant’;

Tapverb

draw (liquor) from a tap;

‘tap beer in a bar’;

Hitverb

gain points in a game;

‘The home team scored many times’; ‘He hit a home run’; ‘He hit .300 in the past season’;

Tapverb

pierce in order to draw a liquid from;

‘tap a maple tree for its syrup’; ‘tap a keg of beer’;

Hitverb

consume to excess;

‘hit the bottle’;

Tapverb

make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently;

‘Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorce’; ‘My neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities’;

Hitverb

kill intentionally and with premeditation;

‘The mafia boss ordered his enemies murdered’;

Tapnoun

a device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled

‘she turned the cold tap on’; ‘the air-supply tap’;

Hitverb

drive something violently into a location;

‘he hit his fist on the table’; ‘she struck her head on the low ceiling’;

Tapnoun

an electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.

Hitverb

pay unsolicited and usually unwanted sexual attention to;

‘He tries to hit on women in bars’;

Tapnoun

a device connected to a telephone for listening secretly to someone's conversations

‘those taps produced hundreds of hours of recordings’;

Tapnoun

an act of listening secretly to someone's telephone conversation.

Tapnoun

an instrument for cutting a threaded hole in a material.

Tapnoun

a taproom.

Tapnoun

a quick light blow, or the sound of such a blow

‘there was a sharp tap at the door’;

Tapnoun

tap dancing

‘a rhythm much used in tap’;

Tapnoun

a piece of metal attached to the toe and heel of a tap dancer's shoe to make a tapping sound.

Tapnoun

a bugle call for lights to be put out in army quarters

‘the bugler played taps’;

Tapnoun

a bugle call sounded at a military funeral.

Tapnoun

(in the Guide movement) a closing song sung at an evening camp fire or at the end of a meeting.

Tapverb

draw liquid through the tap or spout of (a cask, barrel, or other container)

‘several barrels had been tapped to celebrate old victories’;

Tapverb

draw (liquid) from a cask, barrel, or other container

‘in the cellars of the monasteries the butlers were tapping new and old ale’;

Tapverb

draw sap from (a tree) by cutting into it.

Tapverb

exploit or draw a supply from (a resource)

‘clients from industry seeking to tap Edinburgh's resources of expertise’; ‘these magazines have tapped into a target market of consumers’;

Tapverb

obtain money or information from (someone)

‘he considered whom he could tap for information’;

Tapverb

connect a device to (a telephone) so that conversation can be listened to secretly

‘the telephones were tapped by the state security police’;

Tapverb

cut a thread in (something) to accept a screw

‘on most vices, the metal jaws are drilled and tapped to accept screws’;

Tapverb

strike with a quick light blow or blows

‘one of my staff tapped me on the shoulder’;

Tapverb

strike (something) against something else with a quick light blow or blows

‘Gloria was tapping her feet in time to the music’;

Tapverb

produce (a rhythm) with a series of quick light blows on a surface

‘drums that tapped out a rumba beat’;

Tapverb

write or enter (something) using a keyboard or keypad

‘he tapped out a few words on the keyboard’;

Tapverb

approach (a sports player) unlawfully with a view to signing them to another club while they are still under contract with their current one.

Tapverb

designate or select (someone) for a task or honour, especially membership of an organization or committee

‘he had been tapped earlier to serve in Costa Rica’;

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