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Tab vs. Tap

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  • Tab (noun)

    A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.

  • Tab (noun)

    An ear.

  • Tab (noun)

    A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.

  • Tab (noun)

    The page or form associated with such a navigational widget.

    "How many tabs are open in your Web browser?"

  • Tab (noun)

    A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.

  • Tab (noun)

    A fast march or run with full kit.

  • Tab (noun)

    A restaurant bill.

  • Tab (noun)

    Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar; slate

    "Put this round on my tab, will you, barman."

  • Tab (noun)

    A space character that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.

  • Tab (noun)

    cigarette.

    "Giv'is a tab man!"

  • Tab (noun)

    A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.

  • Tab (noun)

    A student of Cambridge University.

  • Tab (noun)

    A tabloid newspaper.

  • Tab (verb)

    To tabs; to label.

  • Tab (verb)

    To use the Tab key on a computer to advance the cursor or move the input focus, or on a typewriter to advance the carriage.

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    A device used to dispense liquids.

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "a liquor of the same tap"

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    A die.)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    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."

  • Tap (noun)

    An interception of communication by authority.

  • Tap (noun)

    A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls. from 20th c.

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "abdominal tap, pleural tap, spinal tap"

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around."

  • Tap (noun)

    tap dance

  • Tap (noun)

    The act of touching a touch screen.

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    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.

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "flap"

  • Tap (noun)

    An Indian malarial fever.

  • Tap (verb)

    To furnish with taps.

    "If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!"

  • Tap (verb)

    To draw off liquid from a vessel.

    "He tapped a new barrel of beer."

  • Tap (verb)

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

  • Tap (verb)

    To exploit.

    "Businesses are trying to tap the youth market."

  • Tap (verb)

    To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection. from 19th c.

    "They can't tap the phone without a warrant."

  • Tap (verb)

    To intercept a communication without authority.

    "He was known to tap cable television"

  • Tap (verb)

    To cut an internal screw thread.

    "Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole."

  • Tap (verb)

    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).

  • Tap (verb)

    To cadge, borrow or beg.

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

  • Tap (verb)

    To drain off fluid by paracentesis.

  • Tap (verb)

    To strike lightly. from early 13th c.

  • Tap (verb)

    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."

  • Tap (verb)

    To make a sharp noise.

    "The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane."

  • Tap (verb)

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

  • Tap (verb)

    To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'. from mid-20th c.

  • Tap (verb)

    To have sexual intercourse with.

    "I would tap that hot girl over there."

    "I'd tap that."

  • Tap (verb)

    To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.

  • Tap (verb)

    To force (an opponent) to submit.

  • Tap (verb)

    To put a new sole or heel on.

    "to tap shoes"

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  • Tab (noun)

    a small flap or strip of material attached to or projecting from something, used to hold, fasten, or manipulate it, or for identification and information.

  • Tab (noun)

    a marking on the collar distinguishing an officer of high rank or (formerly) a staff officer.

  • Tab (noun)

    a strip or ring of metal attached to the top of a canned drink and pulled to open the can.

  • Tab (noun)

    a second or further document or page that can be opened on a spreadsheet or web browser.

  • Tab (noun)

    a restaurant bill

    "the waiter brought three drinks and a new tab"

  • Tab (noun)

    a tally of items ordered in a bar or restaurant

    "Bobby had told the barman to put everything on the tab"

  • Tab (noun)

    short for tableau curtains

  • Tab (noun)

    a part of a control surface, typically hinged, that modifies the action or response of the surface.

  • Tab (noun)

    a cigarette.

  • Tab (noun)

    a facility in a word-processing program, or a device on a keyboard, for advancing to a sequence of set positions in tabular work

    "the tab key"

  • Tab (noun)

    a tablet, especially one containing an illicit drug

    "he faced charges of attempting to export Ecstasy tabs"

  • Tab (noun)

    a tabloid newspaper

    "she tries to cover up his peccadillos before they make the tabs' front pages"

  • Tab (noun)

    short for tablature

    "get tips on learning how to read guitar tab"

  • Tab (verb)

    mark or identify with a projecting piece of material

    "he opened the book at a page tabbed by a cloth bookmark"

  • Tab (verb)

    identify as being of a specified type or suitable for a specified position

    "he was tabbed by the President as the next Republican National Committee chairman"

  • Tab (verb)

    use the tab key on a computer or typewriter keyboard

    "the user can tab to the phrase and press Enter"

  • Tab (verb)

    short for tabulate

  • Tap (noun)

    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"

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "those taps produced hundreds of hours of recordings"

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    an instrument for cutting a threaded hole in a material.

  • Tap (noun)

    a taproom.

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "there was a sharp tap at the door"

  • Tap (noun)

    tap dancing

    "a rhythm much used in tap"

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

    "the bugler played taps"

  • Tap (noun)

    a bugle call sounded at a military funeral.

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "several barrels had been tapped to celebrate old victories"

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "in the cellars of the monasteries the butlers were tapping new and old ale"

  • Tap (verb)

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

  • Tap (verb)

    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"

  • Tap (verb)

    obtain money or information from (someone)

    "he considered whom he could tap for information"

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "the telephones were tapped by the state security police"

  • Tap (verb)

    cut a thread in (something) to accept a screw

    "on most vices, the metal jaws are drilled and tapped to accept screws"

  • Tap (verb)

    strike with a quick light blow or blows

    "one of my staff tapped me on the shoulder"

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "Gloria was tapping her feet in time to the music"

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "drums that tapped out a rumba beat"

  • Tap (verb)

    write or enter (something) using a keyboard or keypad

    "he tapped out a few words on the keyboard"

  • Tap (verb)

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

  • Tap (verb)

    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"

Oxford Dictionary
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  • Tab (noun)

    The flap or latchet of a shoe fastened with a string or a buckle.

  • Tab (noun)

    A tag. See Tag, 2.

  • Tab (noun)

    A loop for pulling or lifting something.

  • Tab (noun)

    A border of lace or other material, worn on the inner front edge of ladies' bonnets.

  • Tab (noun)

    A loose pendent part of a lady's garment; esp., one of a series of pendent squares forming an edge or border.

  • Tab (noun)

    a small projecting piece of a file folder, file card, or similar sheet used in a filing system, on which a notation is written to permit convenient search for the folder, card, etc.

  • Tab (noun)

    a bill or check for some purchase, as in a restaurant; as, the salesman will pick up the tab.

  • Tab (noun)

    a key on a typewriter or computer keyboard which advances the carriage or curser to the next (preset) tab position; - used especially to type or print text or numbers in columns.

  • Tap

    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.

  • Tap

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

  • Tap

    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.

  • Tap

    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.

  • Tap

    To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.

  • Tap

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

  • Tap

    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.

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    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.

  • Tap (noun)

    A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    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.

  • Tap (verb)

    To strike a gentle blow.

Webster Dictionary
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  • Tab (noun)

    the bill in a restaurant;

    "he asked the waiter for the check"

  • Tab (noun)

    sensationalist journalism

  • Tab (noun)

    the key on an electric typewriter that causes a tabulation

  • Tab (noun)

    a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it;

    "pull the tab to open the can"

    "files with a red tab will be stored separately"

    "the collar has a tab with a button hole"

  • Tab (noun)

    a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet

  • Tap (noun)

    the sound made by a gentle blow

  • Tap (noun)

    a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

  • Tap (noun)

    a gentle blow

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

  • Tap (noun)

    a plug for a bunghole in a cask

  • Tap (noun)

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

  • Tap (noun)

    a light touch or stroke

  • Tap (verb)

    cut a female screw thread with a tap

  • Tap (verb)

    draw from or dip into to get something;

    "tap one's memory"

    "tap a source of money"

  • Tap (verb)

    strike lightly;

    "He tapped me on the shoulder"

  • Tap (verb)

    draw from; make good use of;

    "we must exploit the resources we are given wisely"

  • Tap (verb)

    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?"

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "tap a cask of wine"

  • Tap (verb)

    make light, repeated taps on a surface;

    "he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently"

  • Tap (verb)

    walk with a tapping sound

  • Tap (verb)

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

    "Glover tapdances better than anybody"

  • Tap (verb)

    draw (liquor) from a tap;

    "tap beer in a bar"

  • Tap (verb)

    pierce in order to draw a liquid from;

    "tap a maple tree for its syrup"

    "tap a keg of beer"

  • Tap (verb)

    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"

Princeton's WordNet

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