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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

U.S. military signal for lights out in soldiers' quarters (played 15 minutes after tattoo), 1824, from tap (v.), on the notion of drum taps (it originally was played on a drum, later on a bugle). As a soldier's last farewell, played over his grave, it may date to the American Civil War. The tune was revised several times in mid-19c.


n. (military) signal to turn the lights out [syn: lights-out]


"Taps" is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals by the United States armed forces. The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet, although other versions of the tune may be played in other contexts (e.g., the US Marines Ceremonial Music site has recordings of two bugle and one band version). It is also performed often at Boy Scout, Girl Scout, and Girl Guide meetings and camps. The tune is also sometimes known as " Butterfields Lullaby", or by the first line of the lyric, "Day Is Done". The duration may vary to some extent; the typical recording below is 59 seconds long.

Taps (disambiguation)

" Taps" is a musical piece, played in the U.S. military during flag ceremonies and funerals.

Taps may also refer to:

  • Taps (film), a 1981 film starring George C. Scott and Timothy Hutton
  • Taps (2006 film), a short film starring Ben Kurland
  • TAPS (buffer), a common buffer for biochemistry
  • Taps and dies, cutting tools used to create screw threads in solid substances
  • Tap shoes or their metal noisemaking parts, used for tap dancing

TAPS as an acronym may refer to:

  • Twin Anemia-Polycythemia Sequence (TAPS)
  • Tarapur Atomic Power Station, Tarapur, Maharashtra, India
  • The Atlantic Paranormal Society
  • Trans-Alaska Pipeline System
  • Trafficking and Prostitution Services
  • Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
Taps (2006 film)

Taps is a 2006 short Film. The film was screened at the 2006 Rhode Island Film Festival. It was directed by Vincent Versace and starred Ben Kurland, Karim Muasher, Ina Marie Smith, and Vincent Versace. A surprise at the festival, the film won first prize in the best short category.

Taps (film)

Taps is a 1981 drama film starring George C. Scott and Timothy Hutton, with Ronny Cox, Tom Cruise, Sean Penn and Evan Handler in supporting roles. Hutton was nominated for a Golden Globe award in 1982. The film was directed by Harold Becker from a screenplay by Robert Mark Kamen, James Lineberger, and Darryl Ponicsan, based on Devery Freeman's 1979 novel Father Sky. The original music score was composed by Maurice Jarre.

The film follows a group of military school students who decide to take over their school in order to save it from closing.

This was Cruise's second film role, following a brief appearance in Endless Love, released in 1981 just a few months before Taps.

TAPS (buffer)

TAPS is used to make buffer solutions. It has a pK value of 8.44 ( ionic strength I=0, 25 °C). It can be used to make buffer solutions in the pH range 7.7–9.1.

The pH (and pKa at I≠0) of the buffer solution changes with concentration and temperature, and this effect may be predicted using online calculators. Binds Co(II), Ni(II).

Usage examples of "taps".

He liked La Lune for leaving their patrons music-free and vibration-free, to bring in their private choices on their taps, or not.

Data, escaping the planet, not through replication, but simply through one of the taps physically writing things down.

And taps connected to First Movement tech, writing complex formulae by hand.

Faking identity was a near impossibility where the secure taps were concerned.

The very last thing any of them wanted now was Marak, already in a temper, conveying to the Ila, whose relations with Earth were ancient, unpleasant, and always full of acrimony, that Earth was now interfering with their taps, potentially including hers.

As if the taps were spreading formulae and processes for deadly nanoceles that were going to spread throughout humanity.

Council at Apex, which, yes, he now knew, and not too remarkably so, had kept alive its own store of the highly classified nanisms, the biological base of the down-world taps, that never should have left Concord, nanoceles that were supposed to be confined to the Project from the making of the Treaty onward.

That he had only now found it out, when a burst through the system had dropped their previously covert agent on his ass along with the rest of the taps, made him madder than hell.

taps reported in left and right by physical line, taps made ill and disoriented by a strike, this time on every channel.

Her blowing through here has put a significant number of taps on the sick list or in hospital.

Hand trembling over the buttons, once and twice hesitating, he called System Control, encoded an order with a furious set of taps, first to warn the techs and then to order them to bring the local system back up.

He ate, he slept, he answered questions that popped onto the screen, and sometimes he heard one or the other of two competing taps fussing at him, trying to gain his attention.

I had cars lined up for gasoline, daily power cuts, no water coming out of household taps, crowds of unemployed young men standing on corners, fifteen-year-old girls shot to death for politics.

Daon Ramon Barrens, a sunwheel priest blots fresh blood from a bronze pendulum, then straightens in triumph and taps a smeared finger on a map.

Probably, the banks temporarily reprogram any computer that taps in to perform the coding and recognition functions itself.