Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A concealed listening or recording device connected to a communications circuit.
  • n. The act of installing such a device.
  • transitive v. To connect a concealed listening or recording device to.
  • transitive v. To monitor (a telephone line) by means of such a device.
  • intransitive v. To install a concealed listening or recording device or use it to monitor communications.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A concealed device connected to a telephone or other communications system that allows a third party to listen or record conversations.
  • n. The act of installing such a device.
  • v. To install or to use such a device.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the act or event of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information surreptitiously.
  • transitive v. to tap{5} (a telephone or telegraph line) to get information surreptitiously; also, to obtain or record (information) by use of a wiretap.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
  • n. the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Etymologies

wire +‎ tap (Wiktionary)

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  • "Officers in Milan say organised crime, arms and drugs traffickers, and prostitution rings are turning to Skype in order to frustrate investigators. The police say Skype's encryption system is a secret which the company refuses to share with the authorities. Investigators have become increasingly reliant on wiretaps in recent years. Customs and tax police in Milan have sounded the alarm."
    - David Willey, Italy police warn of Skype threat, BBC website, 14 Feb 2009.

    February 15, 2009