Translation of "tap" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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tapverb

uk /tæp/ us /tæp/ -pp-

tap verb (HIT)

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

(常指连续)轻拍,轻叩,轻敲
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

开发;开辟;着手利用
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

在(电话或电报线)上装窃听器;窃听
He suspected that his phone had been tapped. 他怀疑自己的电话被人窃听了。

Phrasal verb(s)

tapnoun

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

(水)龙头,阀门
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

(煤气)阀门
on tap

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

(啤酒)装在有旋塞的桶里的,散装的

available for use at any time

随时可用的
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

轻扣,快而轻的扣击;轻扣声
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

踢踏舞
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

在(电话或电报线)上装窃听器;窃听
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)