American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that taps.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hammer for striking a bell or chime.
- n. A device for restoring a coherer to its normal resistance, after this has been affected by electric oscillations, by means of a series of slight mechanical shocks.
- n. One who or that which operates a screw-cutting tap for threading holes.
- n. One who taps or draws liquor; a tapster; specifically, an innkeeper.
- n. One who or that which taps or strikes. Specifically— A woodtapper; a woodpecker.
- n. One who taps
- n. A tap-dancer
- n. A phone tapper or wiretapper
- n. US A tapster
- n. telegraphy In early wireless telegraphs, a device used to shake loose the filings of a coherer.
- n. UK, dialect The lesser spotted woodpecker.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The lesser spotted woodpecker (Dendrocopus minor); -- called also
tapperer, tabberer, little wood pie, barred woodpecker, wood tapper, hickwall, and pump borer.
- n. someone who wiretaps a telephone or telegraph wire
- n. a dancer who sounds out rhythms by using metal taps on the toes and heels of the shoes
- n. a tavern keeper who taps kegs or casks
- n. a person who strikes a surface lightly and usually repeatedly
- n. a worker who uses a tap to cut screw threads
- tap + -er (Wiktionary)
“They welcomed the former rubber tapper from the Amazon as a populist voice and anointed her as their a rockstar presidential candidate, even putting her on the cover of the Rolling Stone.”
“Environmental campaigners and Green party activists heralded a breakthrough today after a former rubber-tapper from the Brazilian Amazon who rose to be a world-famous rainforest defender became the central figure in the second round of the country's presidential election.”
“But the thing was, the tapper was the kind of person who would complain, who might call the owners and make trouble for Clarice.”
“Being that I am a well seasoned laptop user and a frequent "tapper" to indicate my selections, I believe I have learned the appropriate amount of pressure and confidence one must use on a touch screen.”
“Over time, each "tapper" picks up coding skills and becomes able to contribute more to the testing effort on their team.”
“I floated the barrel, bedded the action too just in front of the start of the barrel tapper, glassed the rails and tang.”
“So many players today sulk after a pitcher induces a weakly hit tapper; others sadly, just flat out dog it.”
“And in the seventh, he fielded a tapper from Posada and planted a tag on his backside to retire the side.”
“Alex Rodriguez, all season long the source of Red Sox frustration, hit an innocent looking tapper between the mound and first base line.”
“Threatened rubber tapper Djalma Soares left his belongings in BoliviaPhoto by: Alisson Ferreira e Altino Machado/Published with permission”
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