Main definitions of tapping in US English:

: tapping1tapping2

tapping1

noun

  • The action of striking against something with a quick light blow or blows, or a sound made in this way.

    ‘crews heard tapping from deep underground’
    ‘there was a tapping at the door’
    as modifier ‘in the background I could hear a tapping noise’
    • ‘The character of the sound elicited by tapping was, thus, indicative of the state of health of the underlying tissues.’
    • ‘Then he felt a tapping of his shoulder from behind.’
    • ‘I felt a tapping on my shoulder and turned around.’
    • ‘As I opened the door, I felt a tapping at my shoulder.’
    • ‘A light tapping on my shoulder interrupted my inner diatribe.’
    • ‘I noticed him stealing looks in my direction every few seconds and I realized that my squirming and tapping was annoying him.’
    • ‘She felt his tapping through the thin mattress.’
    • ‘The sounds of my father's constant tapping against the floor were the only noise in the room, which made everything more terrifying.’
    • ‘She awoke to the sound of a fierce tapping on her door.’
    • ‘Somehow, she had hope for the sound of her tapping to come to her ears, but then again, she still was dubious.’
    • ‘But as soon as she saw what the tapping was, she grew irritated.’
    • ‘What seemed like seconds later, she was roused from her sleep by the sound of tapping.’
    • ‘He woke up to the sound of Birdsong and the faintest sound of tapping on a keyboard about two rooms away.’
    • ‘The sound of my knife tapping is pathetically minute.’
    • ‘As she walked through the door, sounds of tapping on the keyboards and the faint whirring of the photocopy machine greeted her.’
    • ‘It was the familiar loud thumping of the Captains as well as the softer tap tap tapping of his boots that made such the welcoming sound as the two blew into the dinning room.’
    • ‘Suddenly the sound of light tapping on the ground seemed to distract her.’

Pronunciation

tapping

/ˈtapiNG//ˈtæpɪŋ/

Main definitions of tapping in US English:

: tapping1tapping2

tapping2

noun

British
  • An electrical connection made to some point between the end terminals of a transformer coil or other component.

Pronunciation

tapping

/ˈtapiNG//ˈtæpɪŋ/