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A massage movement consisting in striking with the side of the hand, usually with partly flexed fingers.
Synonym(s): tapping (1)
[Fr. fr. tapoter, to tap]


The passage into a cavity of a trocar and cannula, needle, or other hollow instrument for the purpose of removing fluid; variously designated according to the cavity punctured.
Synonym(s): tapping (2) .
[G. parakentēsis, a tapping for dropsy, fr. para, beside, + kentēsis, puncture]


A group of massage movements that involve the repetitive, regular, rhythmic striking of the tissue with some part of the hand; includes beating, hacking, cupping, and tapping.
See also: percussion
Synonym(s): tapping (1) .
[Fr. fr. tapoter, to tap]

1 tapping

(tap'ing) [ ¹tap] Percussion (3).

muscle tapping

Tapping the skin over a muscle belly to recruit more motor units and facilitate contraction. It is usually performed manually over muscles weakened from neurologic insult.

2 tapping

(tap′ing) [ ²tap]
The withdrawal of fluid from a body cavity. Examples include paracentesis and thoracentesis.


n massage technique that uses the fingertips percussively. See also tapotement.
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He waved a tapping stick at me and wagged his tongue back and forth with the motion of the stick and I think he was a madman.
After Yoonhee fell asleep I decided I needed to go home to my roof and my tapping stick.
It can be used in hand-tap operations in single or multiple spindle tapping applications.
Non-Torque, Extended Range, Close Center Tap Adaptor - used where close center tapping with large tap sizes prohibits use of other tap adaptors.
It can be widely used in pipe tap operations where single- or multiple-spindle tapping is involved.
The new tapholders are available in rigid tapping and adjustable tension/compression versions.
Work hardening of drill hole and hole chamfer may mean that more frequent change or regrind of tap drill, checking drilling speed and feed, or even annealing part before tapping are needed.
Avoid too much axial force during tapping as this causes the tap to cut out of lead; use tapholders with axial length compensation.
Shanler is also challenging dedicated fixed-spindle tapping machines with his tapping arms.
With Shanler's tapping arm, you don't rely on either operator feel or tapping-station stroke.
The thread-mill alternative James Hartford, vice president and general manager, Advent Tool & Mfg Inc, Mundelein, IL, is a leading proponent for thread milling as an alternative to tapping, even in thread sizes as small as V4".