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Tap vs. Die

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Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

(intransitive) To stop living; to become dead; to undergo death.

Tapnoun

A device used to dispense liquids.

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

Dieverb

followed by of; general use:

Tapnoun

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

‘a liquor of the same tap’;

Dieverb

followed by from; general use, though somewhat more common in the context of medicineSciences:}}

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

followed by for; often expressing wider contextual motivations, though sometimes indicating direct causes:

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.’;

Dieverb

followed by with as an indication of direct cause:

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.’;

Dieverb

(still current) followed by with as an indication of manner:

‘She died with dignity.’;

Tapnoun

An interception of communication by authority.

Dieverb

(transitive) To stop living and undergo (a specified death).

‘He died a hero's death.’; ‘They died a thousand deaths.’;

Tapnoun

A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.

Dieverb

To yearn intensely.

Tapnoun

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

‘abdominal tap, pleural tap, spinal tap’;

Dieverb

(intransitive) To be utterly cut off by family or friends, as if dead.

‘The day our sister eloped, she died to our mother.’;

Tapnoun

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

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

Dieverb

To become spiritually dead; to lose hope.

‘He died a little inside each time she refused to speak to him.’;

Tapnoun

tap dance

Dieverb

To be mortified or shocked by a situation.

‘If anyone sees me wearing this ridiculous outfit, I'll die.’;

Tapnoun

(computing) The act of touching a touch screen.

Dieverb

To be so overcome with emotion or laughter as to be incapacitated.

‘When I found out my two favorite musicians would be recording an album together, I literally planned my own funeral arrangements and died.’;

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

To stop working, to break down.

‘My car died in the middle of the freeway this morning.’;

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.

Dieverb

To abort, to terminate (as an error condition).

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

To perish; to cease to exist; to become lost or extinct.

Tapnoun

An Indian malarial fever.

Dieverb

To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.

Tapverb

To furnish with taps.

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

Dieverb

(often with "to") To become indifferent; to cease to be subject.

‘to die to pleasure or to sin’;

Tapverb

To draw off liquid from a vessel.

‘He tapped a new barrel of beer.’;

Dieverb

To be killed by an enemy. Usually followed by to or another preposition.

‘I can't believe I just died to a squirrel!’;

Tapverb

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

Dieverb

(architecture) To disappear gradually in another surface, as where mouldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.

Tapverb

To exploit.

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

Dieverb

To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.

Tapverb

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

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

Dieverb

(of a stand-up comedian or a joke) To fail to evoke laughter from the audience.

‘Then there was that time I died onstage in Montreal...’;

Tapverb

To intercept a communication without authority.

‘He was known to tap cable television’;

Dieverb

obsolete spelling of dye

Tapverb

(mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.

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

Dienoun

The cubical part of a pedestal, a plinth.

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).

Dienoun

A device for cutting into a specified shape.

Tapverb

(informal) To cadge, borrow or beg.

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

Dienoun

A device used to cut an external screw thread. (Internal screw threads are cut with a tap.)

Tapverb

To drain off fluid by paracentesis.

Dienoun

A mold for forming metal or plastic objects.

Tapverb

To strike lightly.

Dienoun

An embossed device used in stamping coins and medals.

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.’;

Dienoun

(electronics) (plural also dice) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.

Tapverb

To make a sharp noise.

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

Dienoun

Any small cubical or square body.

Tapverb

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

Dienoun

A regular polyhedron, usually a cube, with numbers or symbols on each side and used in games of chance.

Tapverb

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

Dienoun

(obsolete) That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.

Tapverb

To have sexual intercourse with.

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

Dienoun

(electronics) (plural also dies) An oblong chip fractured from a semiconductor wafer engineered to perform as an independent device or integrated circuit.

Tapverb

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

Dienoun

obsolete spelling of dye

Tapverb

To force (an opponent) to submit.

Dieverb

To pass from an animate to a lifeless state; to cease to live; to suffer a total and irreparable loss of action of the vital functions; to become dead; to expire; to perish; - said of animals and vegetables; often with of, by, with, from, and rarely for, before the cause or occasion of death; as, to die of disease or hardships; to die by fire or the sword; to die with horror at the thought.

‘To die by the roadside of grief and hunger.’; ‘She will die from want of care.’;

Tapverb

To put a new sole or heel on.

‘to tap shoes’;

Dieverb

To suffer death; to lose life.

‘In due time Christ died for the ungodly.’;

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.

Dieverb

To perish in any manner; to cease; to become lost or extinct; to be extinguished.

‘Letting the secret die within his own breast.’; ‘Great deeds can not die.’;

Tapverb

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

Dieverb

To sink; to faint; to pine; to languish, with weakness, discouragement, love, etc.

‘His heart died within, and he became as a stone.’; ‘The young men acknowledged, in love letters, that they died for Rebecca.’;

Tapverb

To strike a gentle blow.

Dieverb

To become indifferent; to cease to be subject; as, to die to pleasure or to sin.

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.

Dieverb

To recede and grow fainter; to become imperceptible; to vanish; - often with out or away.

‘Blemishes may die away and disappear amidst the brightness.’;

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.

Dieverb

To disappear gradually in another surface, as where moldings are lost in a sloped or curved face.

Tapverb

To draw, or cause to flow, by piercing.

‘He has been tapping his liquors.’;

Dieverb

To become vapid, flat, or spiritless, as liquor.

‘"There is one certain way," replied the Prince [William of Orange] " by which I can be sure never to see my country's ruin, - I will die in the last ditch."’;

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.

Dienoun

A small cube, marked on its faces with spots from one to six, and used in playing games by being shaken in a box and thrown from it. See Dice.

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.

Dienoun

Any small cubical or square body.

‘Words . . . pasted upon little flat tablets or dies.’;

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

That which is, or might be, determined, by a throw of the die; hazard; chance.

‘Such is the die of war.’;

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

That part of a pedestal included between base and cornice; the dado.

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.

Dienoun

A metal or plate (often one of a pair) so cut or shaped as to give a certain desired form to, or impress any desired device on, an object or surface, by pressure or by a blow; used in forging metals, coining, striking up sheet metal, etc.

Tapnoun

A hole or pipe through which liquor is drawn.

Dienoun

small cubes with 1 to 6 spots on the faces; used to generate random numbers

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

a device used for shaping metal

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

a cutting tool that is fitted into a diestock and used for cutting male (external) screw threads on screws or bolts or pipes or rods

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

pass from physical life and lose all all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life;

‘She died from cancer’; ‘They children perished in the fire’; ‘The patient went peacefully’;

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.

Dieverb

suffer or face the pain of death;

‘Martyrs may die every day for their faith’;

Tapnoun

the sound made by a gentle blow

Dieverb

be brought to or as if to the point of death by an intense emotion such as embarrassment, amusement, or shame;

‘I was dying with embarrassment when my little lie was discovered’; ‘We almost died laughing during the show’;

Tapnoun

a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Dieverb

stop operating or functioning;

‘The engine finally went’; ‘The car died on the road’; ‘The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town’; ‘The coffee maker broke’; ‘The engine failed on the way to town’; ‘her eyesight went after the accident’;

Tapnoun

a gentle blow

Dieverb

feel indifferent towards;

‘She died to worldly things and eventually entered a monastery’;

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

languish as with love or desire;

‘She dying for a cigarette’; ‘I was dying to leave’;

Tapnoun

a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Dieverb

cut or shape with a die;

‘Die out leather for belts’;

Tapnoun

a plug for a bunghole in a cask

Dieverb

to be on base at the end of an inning, of a player

Tapnoun

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

Dieverb

lose sparkle or bouquet;

‘wine and beer can pall’;

Tapnoun

a light touch or stroke

Dieverb

disappear or come to an end;

‘Their anger died’; ‘My secret will die with me!’;

Tapverb

cut a female screw thread with a tap

Dieverb

suffer spiritual death; be damned (in the religious sense);

‘Whosoever..believes in me shall never die’;

Tapverb

draw from or dip into to get something;

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

Dieverb

(of a person, animal, or plant) stop living

‘the king died a violent death’; ‘he died of tuberculosis’; ‘trees are dying from acid rain’;

Tapverb

strike lightly;

‘He tapped me on the shoulder’;

Dieverb

become extinct

‘many species died out’;

Tapverb

draw from; make good use of;

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

Dieverb

be forgotten

‘her genius has assured her name will never die’;

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?’;

Dieverb

become less loud or strong

‘after a while, the noise died down’; ‘at last the storm died away’;

Tapverb

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

‘tap a cask of wine’;

Dieverb

(of a plant) decay from the tip toward the root

‘rhubarb dies back to a crown of buds each winter’;

Tapverb

make light, repeated taps on a surface;

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

Dieverb

die one after another until few or none are left

‘the original founders died off or retired’;

Tapverb

walk with a tapping sound

Dieverb

(of a fire or light) stop burning or gleaming

‘the fire had died and the room was cold’;

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’;

Dieverb

(of a machine) stop functioning or run out of electric charge

‘three toasters have died on me’; ‘I was halfway through a text message when the phone died’;

Tapverb

draw (liquor) from a tap;

‘tap beer in a bar’;

Dieverb

be very eager for something

‘they must be dying for a drink’; ‘he's dying to meet you’;

Tapverb

pierce in order to draw a liquid from;

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

Dieverb

used to emphasize how strongly one is affected by a particular feeling or emotion

‘we nearly died laughing when he told us’; ‘only the thought of Matilda prevented him from dying of boredom’;

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’;

Dieverb

have an orgasm.

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’;

Dienoun

singular form of dice

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

a device for cutting or moulding metal into a particular shape.

Tapnoun

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

‘those taps produced hundreds of hours of recordings’;

Dienoun

an engraved device for stamping a design on coins or medals.

Tapnoun

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

Dienoun

the cubical part of a pedestal between the base and the cornice; a dado or plinth.

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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