Translation of "tap" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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uk /tæp/ us /tæp/ -pp-

tap verb (HIT)

B2 [ I or T ] to hit something gently, and often repeatedly, especially making short, sharp noises

The branches tapped against the window. 树枝轻轻敲打着窗户。
I could hear him tapping his fingers on the desk. 我能听见他用手指轻叩桌子的声音。
I was tapping my feet (= hitting the floor gently with my feet) to the music. 我随着音乐用脚打着拍子。
Someone tapped me on the shoulder. 有人轻轻拍我的肩膀。

tap verb (GET)

[ T ] to get or make use of something

For more than a century, Eastern cities have expanded their water supplies by tapping ever more remote sources. 一个多世纪以来,东部的城市通过开发更偏远地区的水源,扩大了水的供应。
There is a rich vein of literary talent here just waiting to be tapped by publishers. 众多文学才俊会聚于此,等待着出版商慧眼识珠。

tap verb (PHONE)

[ T ] to use a small device attached to a phone in order to listen secretly to what people are saying

He suspected that his phone had been tapped. 他怀疑自己的电话被人窃听了。

Phrasal verb(s)


uk /tæp/ us /tæp/

tap noun (DEVICE)

B1 [ C ] UK US faucet a device that controls the flow of liquid, especially water, from a pipe

the hot/cold tap 热水/冷水龙头
Turn the tap on/off. 打开/关掉水龙头

[ C ] UK a device that controls the flow of gas from a pipe

on tap

used to describe beer that is served from a barrel through a tap


available for use at any time

Working in a library as I do, I have all this information on tap. 我在图书馆工作,可以随时查阅所有这些资料。

More examples

tap noun (HIT)

B2 [ C ] a gentle knock or touch, or the noise made by knocking something gently

I gave her a tap on the shoulder and she turned around. 我轻轻拍了她的肩一下,她回过头来。
There was a tap on the window - Dad was outside! 有人轻轻敲了一下窗子--是爸爸在外面!

tap noun (DANCE)

[ U ] →  tap dancing

He teaches tap and ballroom. 他教人跳踢踏舞和社交舞。

tap noun (PHONE)

[ C ] a small piece of equipment that can be attached to a phone in order to listen secretly to someone's phone calls

He claims that he knew nothing of government phone taps on journalists during those years. 他宣称自己对那几年政府监听记者电话的事一无所知。

(Translation of “tap” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)