There are 2 main translations of tap in Spanish

: tap1tap2

tap1

llave, n.

Pronunciation /tæp//tap/

noun

  • 1

    • 1.1British (for water)

      llave feminine
      grifo masculine Spain
      canilla feminine River Plate
      caño masculine Peru
      paja feminine Central America
      chorro masculine Venezuela Central America
      to turn the tap on/off abrir/cerrar la llave (or el grifo etc.)
      • to leave the taps running dejar las llaves abiertas (or los grifos abiertos etc.)
      • He pulled himself up and stumbled to the bathroom, where he turned on the cold tap and collapsed at the bottom of the shower, barely awake.
      • The water must be freshly boiled, from the cold tap.
      • I shoved it into the sink, turned on the cold tap and let icy water wash over fabric.
      • When you turn on the tap, unfiltered water flows through the faucet head at a full-pressure flow as with any conventional faucet.
      • For a long time it controlled the tap on how much surplus oil was entering the market.
      • I got the watering can and filled it with cold water from the tap and I walked outside.
      • There was an area with a concrete floor, a tin bath, a copper, a sink and a cold tap.
      • Look for a model with digital output temperature control, which delivers consistently hot water from the tap, regardless of flow rate.
      • After a minute, I had calmed down, and I rinsed my hands in the cold water from the tap, splashing water onto my face.
      • The leaflet also urges people to keep a jug of water in the fridge instead of running the tap until it is cold, because running the tap for one minute wastes six litres of water.
      • She turned the tap and splashed cold water onto her face.
      • Perforations lead into a hollow stem which is controlled by a tap permitting small quantities of champagne to be withdrawn from the inverted bottle without the remainder losing its sparkle.
      • Go fill a bucket or two from the cold tap now, before it's too late.
      • Before hopping my way unsteadily to the bathroom where I managed to bend myself in ways I never thought possible to get my foot into the basin and under the cold tap!
      • Some critics have also found it ironic that many people who purchase bottled water end up refilling the containers from a tap.
      • They have control of the financial tap that nourishes them, and they will not easily give up power.
      • He heard her turning the tap on, pouring cold water into the kettle.
      • Boil for one minute, then drain through a sieve and rinse under the cold tap.
      • Oil crooks there and elsewhere can find an unguarded length of pipe and make their own tap.
      • The water from the bathroom tap was painfully cold.

    • 1.2gas tap

      llave del gas feminine

    • 1.3(on barrel)

      espita feminine

  • 2

    (listening device)
    micrófono de escucha masculine
    they put a tap on his phone le intervinieron el teléfono
    • Is that because it would have revealed a tap on his phone, a tap on his cell phone and the GPS locator?
    • I have a police scanner and a tap on the police computers and phone lines.
    • Check it out, but be careful leaving comments - it won't be long before the Department of Homeland Security has a tap on his modem.
    • The phone tap that had been covertly installed into the their phones was working perfectly, broadcasting the conversation directly into a control room located deep within the recesses of his home.
    • It, theoretically, allowed for a certain degree of scrambling that would be too low tech for most agencies to hack into with placing an actual physical tap on the phone; and it was the physical access to corridor twelve that made this method of communication the most secure thing they had.
    • "But I have reason to believe now that there was a tap on not only these phones, but my line back at the loft, too."
    • "We intercepted a message on a wire tap that someone was coming here tonight - to your house."

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1

      (cask/barrel) ponerle una espita a
      (tree) sangrar
      • This reality was imposed on the citizens of Vratza who can now only freely wash or drink tapped water four hours a night.
      • Back at the ranch, burgers and dogs are fired up, a keg of Old Dominion Pale Ale is tapped and points are tallied.
      • The trees are tapped for latex by cutting spiral grooves in the bark and inserting a spout with a cup for collection of the latex.
      • Local bars in some towns and villages will also sell poyo the sweet, lightly fermented palm wine tapped from the high tops of palm trees.
      • Barrels of beers await to be tapped by revellers here.
      • ‘Born-on’ dates on kegs will be logged when beer is delivered and again when tapped.
      • Toddy, an alcoholic liquor, is made by tapping the tree, which is done by cutting off the tip of a flower stem.
      • The early closing time of pubs meant that carousers were forced to gather at dusk in private homes, where the host would tap a barrel.
      • A rubber tree can be tapped regularly throughout the year and the tree remains productive for 30 to 40 years.
      • Maple tree growers tap into this stream for a crop of maple sap which is boiled off to procure a sweet syrup sought around the world.
      • When we get back the New Belgium kegs get tapped and we start getting primed for the night.
      • How do you tap a full barrel that is laying on its side?
      • Each family or group of families returned to a traditional location where they had stored utensils and had marked with an ax cut the trees they would tap.
      • Between 1910 and 1920, for example, the number of trees tapped for resin increased from 260,000 to 2,135,000.
      • An unusual profession on the islands is calou (palm wine) tapping.
      • They climbed trees to tap palm wine or fermented grain beers from harvest surpluses.
      • We had a 90-year-old neighbor whose six ‘kids’ would travel from all over the eastern U.S. to be there the day he tapped his first tree of the season.
      • My mother did rubber latex tapping for a meagre wage to feed us.
      • The keg will be tapped at 6 PM with wine, other beverages and snacks provided.
      • But by the grace of God everyone stepped away from the bar and I was able to get the keg tapped, which now made me the most popular person in all the land.
      • Each tapper will tap about 650 trees a day where they spent perhaps a couple of minutes at each tree.
      • The event proceeded smoothly and the Keg was eventually tapped by two executives of the Federation of Students.
      • It is a milky substance that is harvested by tapping the tree, a process similar to the harvesting of maple syrup.
      • With the warm days and cold nights, maple trees are tapped for flowing sap.
      • A typical drink is palm wine, fermented sap tapped from coconut palm fronds.
      • In summer they might have found fresh honey in the woods produced by wild bees or perhaps tapped maple trees in spring to harvest sweet sap.
      • To the back of Adian lay a bar, with flasks and wooden kegs that were tapped for liquid stacked in every available place.
      • And if you have a truly artisan brewery, the taste of the brew may vary from keg to keg, depending on when it was brewed and how long it has been tapped.

    • 1.2

      (liquid) sacar
      • The water needed to be tapped from a reliable spring four miles away raising the cost of the scheme to £3,000 - to be paid by the householders.
      • The deep Israeli wells in the Jordan Valley have good water quality since they tap the Lower Cenomanian aquifer system.
      • Ferro cement tanks are being used in some cases while most of the units have used high density plastic tanks for storing the rain water tapped through the method.
      • Dropsy was treated by bleeding, tapping, and plantain and liverwort.
      • Perennial shrubs often develop a dimorphic root system, where deeper roots tap a more reliable water source at depth.
      • This is not to say that if we tap and drain a deposit, it will somehow mysteriously fill up again.
      • President-elect George W. Bush has argued that the oil can be tapped without killing wildlife or marring the environment.
      • The divided and conquered nature of the country has made it easy for oil to be tapped without raising the ire of countries worldwide.

    • 1.3

      (pipe/power line) hacer un empalme con
      • But before any life existed, there must have been an energy source that could be tapped by primitive life forms.
      • But unlike many fantasy writers today, Tolkien really tapped into mythic roots.
      • The two-man crew has tapped into the oxygen supply of a docked cargo ship.
      • Foreign companies that thought they had tapped into one of the most profitable markets of the world will have to readjust their estimations.
      • I was pretty good at it, though I say it myself, mainly as I soon tapped into the most effective teaching method for young learners - noise.
      • This facility will be demonstrating how the research and skills base of the city's university can be tapped to produce real business returns.
      • So if, in the Northeast, there's an emergency, we have two million barrels that we can tap into.
      • Along the way, we realized how many potential resources were not being tapped for student training in our province.
      • There's clearly a huge customer resource yet to be tapped; the question is how to go about it.
      • The groundwater that is tapped into by wells on private lands is in fact a common resource, something nobody can effectively own.
      • Even with the electronic, sampling age in full swing, it's amazing that the art of mimicry still taps that transforming and ancient power.
      • You just can't ignore the dramatic way he and his party have tapped into a well of discontent in New Zealand - for better or worse.
      • Germinating immediately, the seed sends out ‘rootlets’ to tap into the host tree's water supply.
      • The magazine aims to tap into the mobile phone subculture which has developed during the last five years.
      • Most homes and businesses tap into the water system illegally and pay no fees currently.
      • The city was able to tap into water from the nearby man-made Big Bear Lake to create its orange orchards.
      • We then tapped into the support from the Rural Fire Service.
      • Don't tap into their wireless bandwidth without asking.
      • CNBC tapped into a gold mine, and the show developed such appeal that it began to affect the stock market on its own.
      • The heat can be tapped to provide hot water for laundry, kitchen or cleaning services.

    • 1.4

      (resources/reserves) explotar
      (reserves/resources) aprovechar

    • 1.5informal

      to tap sb for sth intentar sacarle algo a algn
      • she tapped me for information me tiró de la lengua
      • He, is an introspective artist whose success has left him in a lonely place, where livelihoods rest on his shoulders and old friends regularly tap him for money and favors.
      • In the immediate aftermath of the events, the public may not have thought of libraries as a source to tap for relevant information.
      • That may happen, but even if it does, they'll still have the fallback of being able to tap him for a few million when needs must.
      • As for Paul himself, he is the oddball in his family whom they cannot quite work out, but tap for money as if he was a bank.
      • Naturally, one of the distinct pleasures of meeting her is tapping her for anecdotes of this bygone era.
      • Why did we not see huge investors tap the banks for money?
      • Tapping that information requires more analysts and translators.
      • Making our way to a city centre nightclub, the former frontman ordered the taxi driver to stop at a cash machine and tapped me for my last 100 euros.
      • In the good old days you got the state to pay for your investment needs; now it is simply a case of tapping your biggest rival for the necessary funds.
      • Pittsburgh officials must tap tax-exempt organizations for more money in lieu of taxes.
      • Fishmongers are another group of people who have a wealth of information waiting to be tapped by inquisitive customers, and they all seem eager to advise and assist.

  • 2

    (telephone) intervenir
    (telephone) pinchar informal
    (conversation) interceptar
    (conversation) escuchar
    he thinks his phone's been tapped cree que está siendo objeto de escuchas
    • Yet its outcome will determine your right to privacy from your freedom to avoid telemarketers to the Government's ability to tap into your conversations.
    • He began to wonder if his telephone was being tapped.
    • Hackers can intercept our e-mails and tap our telephone calls.
    • We do not tap telephones or install eavesdropping equipment illegally.
    • Better tap their mobile phones and keep an eye on their emails.
    • Their papers and computers were confiscated and, although they were released on bail, their telephones were tapped and they had to endure constant surveillance.
    • The secret police shadowed the activists and tapped their telephones.
    • His car is regularly followed, and his telephone tapped.
    • The police were given wider powers to tap phones, record other conversations and intercept mail, for periods of up to one year.
    • Illegal tapping is punishable by up to two years' imprisonment.
    • For really big cases, the agency buys expensive software from a telephone company to tap phones directly.
    • Telephones are frequently tapped and mail interfered with.
    • And it is likely that there will be an effort to tap your hard-wired telephone as well - (more on that in a bit).
    • He denied that his country's police had been tapping the telephones of the South African cricket team during their tour.
    • A Scanner is a device that is used to tap into cell phone conversations.
    • The FBI's breakthrough came after phones were tapped, and conversations overheard about recruitment difficulties for the scam.
    • The devices were intended to tap phone lines used by the various governments, and were reportedly installed at the building's switchboard.
    • ‘We don't have the time or the manpower to be tapping and listening to everybody's phone,’ he says.
    • At least, my information will confuse whoever is listening or tapping my phone.
    • The authorities can now secretly tap into e-mails and mobile phone calls and track websites visited without the need for a judicial warrant.

There are 2 main translations of tap in Spanish

: tap1tap2

tap2

toque, n.

Pronunciation /tæp//tap/

noun

  • 1

    (light blow)
    toque masculine
    golpecito masculine
    she gave me a tap on the shoulder me dio un toque / golpecito en el hombro
    • there was a gentle tap at the door tocaron suavemente a la puerta
    • Once you've poured the mousse into the oiled moulds, give each one a sharp tap on the surface to knock out any overlarge air bubbles, cover and leave to set.
    • I felt a light tap on my shoulder and turned around to see Chad.
    • Her micro-course crème brûlées were faultless, the caramel cracking obligingly with the lightest tap of a spoon, the base just on the oozing side of set.
    • Whereas staff were once forced to walk to colleagues' desks to pass on information, the e-mail revolution now means much of this can be done in a tap of the computer keyboard.
    • It was coming up to midday when I heard a light tap on my door, followed by my Mom's voice.
    • A quick tap on the first door to his right was all he gave before pushing it open and entering.
    • Suddenly she felt a tap on the shoulder and she broke eye contact with him to see an elderly woman handing her a handkerchief.
    • Again, as the night before, there came a light tap at her door.
    • She jumped at the light tap on her shoulder, eyes widening in panic as she spun around quickly to stare into Sakura's amused dark eyes.
    • Remove the finished dome from the shaft with a light tap on the workbench.
    • Tapping the clock illuminates the display; a tap also turns off the alarm when it is ascending through its squeaky crescendo.
    • A light tap on his shoulder makes him turn around.
    • The system will also be an advantage in that pregnant mothers records will be monitored for years and doctors will be able to get their history at the tap of a key on computer.
    • I listened to the tap of her feet against the wooden floor, and could have sworn that it matched my own heart's beat.
    • She started toward her bed, but just as she took her first step, a sharp tap sounded at the French doors that led to the terrace outside her window.
    • At this point, she felt a quick tap on her shoulder, and turned to face the person.
    • Despite one Newry player lying injured and being attended to by two team members he took the quick tap and scored.
    • I just started flipping through the channels when there was a light tap at the door.
    • All versions of the FTT use a tapping device that records the number of taps performed by a subject over a series of ten-second intervals.
    • A light tap at the door announced the arrival of the servant.
  • 2


transitive verb

  • 1

    (strike lightly)
    dar un toque en
    dar un golpecito en
    he tapped her on the shoulder le dio un toque / golpecito en el hombro
    • he was tapping his fingers on the table tamborileaba con los dedos sobre la mesa
    • to tap in a command/code teclear una orden/un código
    • Every few inches he would tap lightly and then listen with the stethoscope.
    • She taps the ‘send’ button and I hear the computer printer crackle in the kitchen behind us as it prints out the order ticket.
    • My finger tapped the ‘J’ key over and over, but not hard enough to make a letter appear on the screen.
    • With lifeless voices, singers march through the streets, striking bells and tapping on drums made of buffalo skin.
    • When the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped, it is done.
    • The butler stood aside and tapped on the door four times to signal our arrival.
    • Make sure the rooting hormone covers the part of the stem where you have removed the foliage, then tap gently to remove the excess.
    • Fill the spaces between plants with soil mix, tapping gently.
    • She even smiled when he tapped her on the shoulder and held a grubby newspaper cutting under her nose.
    • He had some good moves and clearly fancied himself, but I tapped him with a left to the body and he dropped his hands, so I sent in a right hand and from then it was just a matter of time.
    • Gently tap to eliminate excess spice mixture and then coat uniformly with bread crumbs.
    • He removed his own spectacles and tapped at the lenses with his gloved finger.
    • He didn't want to disturb her parents, so he climbed the tree and tapped on her glass.
    • Turn box upside down and tap lightly on the bowl to remove excess chocolate.
    • I exclaimed coming up and tapping my older sister on the shoulder.
    • I tapped him on the shoulder and, using my best traveller-sign-language, indicated that he had dropped them.
    • Just the wind was hitting the tree branches outside which tapped at the window, giving the light from the front garden gate foul shadows.
    • The leaves of a tall oak tree tapped against the tiny glass window.
    • When paintings are finished, porcelain slip is poured onto bat and tapped gently to remove any air bubbles.
    • To pollinate tomatoes, tap on the bamboo stakes once in the morning and once at night when you notice the petals of the flower are curved back.
  • 2US

    (designate)
    nombrar
    to tap sb for sth nombrar a algn para algo

intransitive verb

  • 1

    (strike lightly)
    to tap at/on sth dar toques / golpecitos en algo
    • she's upstairs, tapping away at the keys está arriba, dándole a la máquina
  • 2

    (make tapping sound)
    dar golpecitos
    tamborilear
    repiquetear