1. the sound of light blow or knock
; - Example: "he heard the tapping of the man's cane"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Tap \Tap\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tapped; p. pr. & vb. n.
Tapping.] [F. taper to strike; of Teutonic origin; cf.
dial. G. tapp, tapps, a blow, tappe a paw, fist, G. tappen to
1. To strike with a slight or gentle blow; to touch gently;
to rap lightly; to pat; as, to tap one with the hand or a
2. To put a new sole or heel on; as, to tap shoes.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the sound of light blow or knock; "he heard the tapping of
the man's cane"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
31 Moby Thesaurus words for "tapping":
aspiration, banging, blasting, bleeding, bloodletting, broaching,
bursting, cracking, crashing, cupping, drafting, drainage,
draining, drawing, emptying, exploding, explosive, flapping,
knocking, milking, phlebotomy, pipetting, popping, pumping,
rapping, siphoning, slapping, slatting, sucking, suction,