Tab vs. Tap

Tab vs. Tap — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Tab and Tap

Tabnoun

A projection, flap, or short strip attached to an object to facilitate opening, handling, or identification.

Tapverb

To strike gently with a light blow or blows

I tapped you on the shoulder to get your attention.

Tabnoun

A small, usually decorative flap or tongue on a garment.

Tapverb

To give a light rap with

tap a pencil.

Tabnoun

A small auxiliary airfoil that is attached to a larger one and that helps stabilize an aircraft.

Tapverb

To produce with a succession of light blows

tap out a rhythm.

Tabnoun

A pull-tab.

Tapverb

To select, as for membership in an organization; designate.

Tabnoun

A bill or check, such as one for a meal in a restaurant.

Tapverb

To repair (shoe heels or toes) by applying a thin layer of leather or a substitute material.

Tabnoun

Cost; price

The tab for upgrading the computers would be high.

Tapverb

To attach metal plates to (shoe toes or heels).

Tabnoun

A tabulator on a typewriter.

Tapverb

To deliver a gentle, light blow or blows.

Tabnoun

A key on a computer keyboard that, when pressed, inserts a special ASCII character used for formatting text, as in indenting a line or block of text.

Tapverb

To walk making light clicks.

Tabnoun

This special ASCII character.

Tapverb

To tap-dance.

Tabnoun

A tabloid.

Tapverb

To furnish with a spigot or tap.

Tabverb

To supply with a tab or tabs.

Tapverb

To pierce in order to draw off liquid

tap a maple tree.

Tabverb

To press the tab on a typewriter or computer keyboard

Tab over to the next column.

Tapverb

To draw (liquid) from a vessel or container

tap a new keg of beer.

Tabnoun

A small flap or strip of material attached to something, for holding, manipulation, identification, etc.

Tapverb

(Medicine) To withdraw fluid from (a body cavity).

Tabnoun

(slang) An ear.

Tapverb

To make a physical connection with or open outlets from

tap a water main.

Tabnoun

A navigational widget, resembling a physical tab, for switching between documents or sets of controls.

Tapverb

To wiretap (a telephone or communications channel).

Tabnoun

(GUI) The page or form associated with such a navigational widget.

How many tabs are open in your Web browser?

Tapverb

To establish an electric connection in (a power line), as to divert current secretly.

Tabnoun

(informal) A tablet, especially one containing illicit drugs.

Tapverb

To establish access to or a connection with

tapped a new market for inexpensive books.

Tabnoun

A fast march or run with full kit.

Tapverb

To take advantage of; make use of

tapped voter anger to win the election.

Tabnoun

A restaurant bill.

Tapverb

To cut screw threads in (a collar, socket, or other fitting).

Tabnoun

Credit account, e.g., in a shop or bar; slate

Put this round on my tab, will you, barman.

Tapverb

(Informal) To ask (a person) for money.

Tabnoun

(computing) A space character that extends to the next aligned column, traditionally used for tabulation.

Tapnoun

A gentle blow.

Tabnoun

cigarette.

Giv'is a tab man!

Tapnoun

The sound made by such a blow.

Tabnoun

A form of musical notation indicating fingering rather than the pitch of notes, commonly used for stringed instruments.

Tapnoun

A thin layer of leather or a substitute applied to a worn-down shoe heel or toe.

Tabnoun

(British slang) A student of Cambridge University.

Tapnoun

A metal plate attached to the toe or heel of a shoe, as for tap-dancing.

Tabnoun

(colloquial) A tabloid newspaper.

Tapnoun

Tap dance.

Tabverb

To affix with tabs; to label.

Tapnoun

(Linguistics) See flap.

Tabverb

(computing) To use the Tab key on a computer to advance the cursor or move the input focus, or on a typewriter to advance the carriage.

Tapnoun

A valve and spout used to regulate delivery of a fluid at the end of a pipe.

Tabnoun

the bill in a restaurant;

he asked the waiter for the check

Tapnoun

A plug for a bunghole; a spigot.

Tabnoun

sensationalist journalism

Tapnoun

Liquor drawn from a spigot.

Tabnoun

the key on an electric typewriter that causes a tabulation

Tapnoun

Liquor of a particular brew, cask, or quality.

Tabnoun

a short strip of material attached to or projecting from something in order to facilitate opening or identifying or handling it;

pull the tab to open the canfiles with a red tab will be stored separatelythe collar has a tab with a button hole

Tapnoun

(Medicine) The removal of fluid from a body cavity

a spinal tap.

Tabnoun

a dose of medicine in the form of a small pellet

Tapnoun

A tool for cutting an internal screw thread.

Tapnoun

A makeshift terminal in an electric circuit.

Tapnoun

A wiretap.

Tapnoun

A tapering cylindrical pin or peg used to stop the vent in a cask; a spigot.

Tapnoun

A device used to dispense liquids.

We don't have bottled water; you'll have to get it from the tap.

Tapnoun

Liquor drawn through a tap; hence, a certain kind or quality of liquor.

a liquor of the same tap

Tapnoun

A place where liquor is drawn for drinking; a taproom; a bar.

Tapnoun

(mechanics) A device used to cut an internal screw thread. (External screw threads are cut with a die.)

We drilled a hole and then cut the threads with the proper tap to match the valve's thread.

Tapnoun

A connection made to an electrical or fluid conductor without breaking it.

The system was barely keeping pressure due to all of the ill-advised taps along its length.

Tapnoun

An interception of communication by authority.

Tapnoun

A device used to listen in secretly on telephone calls.

Tapnoun

A procedure that removes fluid from a body cavity; paracentesis.

abdominal tap, pleural tap, spinal tap

Tapnoun

A gentle or slight blow; a light rap; a pat.

When Steve felt a tap on his shoulder, he turned around.

Tapnoun

tap dance

Tapnoun

(computing) The act of touching a touch screen.

Tapnoun

A piece of leather fastened upon the bottom of a boot or shoe in repairing or renewing the sole or heel; a heeltap.

Tapnoun

(military) A signal, by drum or trumpet, for extinguishing all lights in soldiers' quarters and retiring to bed; usually given about a quarter of an hour after tattoo.

Tapnoun

(phonetics) A consonant sound made by a single muscle contraction, such as the sound [ɾ] in the standard American English pronunciation of body.

Tapnoun

An Indian malarial fever.

Tapverb

To furnish with taps.

If we tap the maple trees, we can get maple syrup!

Tapverb

To draw off liquid from a vessel.

He tapped a new barrel of beer.

Tapverb

To deplete, especially of a liquid via a tap; to tap out.

Tapverb

To exploit.

Businesses are trying to tap the youth market.

Tapverb

To place a listening or recording device on a telephone or wired connection.

They can't tap the phone without a warrant.

Tapverb

To intercept a communication without authority.

He was known to tap cable television

Tapverb

(mechanical) To cut an internal screw thread.

Tap an M3 thread all the way through the hole.

Tapverb

To turn or flip a card or playing piece to remind players that it has already been used that turn (by analogy to "tapping," in the sense of drawing on to the point of temporary exhaustion, the resources or abilities represented by the card).

Tapverb

(informal) To cadge, borrow or beg.

I tried to tap a cigarette off him, but he wouldn't give me one.

Tapverb

To drain off fluid by paracentesis.

Tapverb

To strike lightly.

Tapverb

To touch one's finger, foot, or other body parts on a surface (usually) repeatedly.

He was so nervous he began to tap his fingers on the table.She tapped her companion on the back to indicate that she was ready to go.Lydia tapped Jim on the shoulder to get his attention.

Tapverb

To make a sharp noise.

The tree, swaying in the breeze, began to tap on the window pane.

Tapverb

To operate an electronic device (e.g. a mobile phone) by tapping a specific place on its (capacitive or other) touch screen.

Tapverb

To designate for some duty or for membership, as in 'a tap on the shoulder'.

Tapverb

To have sexual intercourse with.

I would tap that hot girl over there.I'd tap that.

Tapverb

(combat sports) To submit to an opponent by tapping one's hand repeatedly.

Tapverb

To force (an opponent) to submit.

Tapverb

To put a new sole or heel on.

to tap shoes

Tapnoun

the sound made by a gentle blow

Tapnoun

a faucet for drawing water from a pipe or cask

Tapnoun

a gentle blow

Tapnoun

a small metal plate that attaches to the toe or heel of a shoe (as in tap dancing)

Tapnoun

a tool for cutting female (internal) screw threads

Tapnoun

a plug for a bunghole in a cask

Tapnoun

the act of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information

Tapnoun

a light touch or stroke

Tapverb

cut a female screw thread with a tap

Tapverb

draw from or dip into to get something;

tap one's memorytap a source of money

Tapverb

strike lightly;

He tapped me on the shoulder

Tapverb

draw from; make good use of;

we must exploit the resources we are given wisely

Tapverb

tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information;

The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spyIs this hotel room bugged?

Tapverb

furnish with a tap or spout, so as to be able to draw liquid from it;

tap a cask of wine

Tapverb

make light, repeated taps on a surface;

he was tapping his fingers on the table impatiently

Tapverb

walk with a tapping sound

Tapverb

dance and make rhythmic clicking sounds by means of metal plates nailed to the sole of the dance shoes;

Glover tapdances better than anybody

Tapverb

draw (liquor) from a tap;

tap beer in a bar

Tapverb

pierce in order to draw a liquid from;

tap a maple tree for its syruptap a keg of beer

Tapverb

make a solicitation or entreaty for something; request urgently or persistently;

Henry IV solicited the Pope for a divorceMy neighbor keeps soliciting money for different charities