wire tapping

wire tapping
wire|tap|ping «WYR TAP ihng», noun, adjective, or wire tapping.
–n.
the making of a secret connection with telephone, telegraph, or their wires, to listen to conversations or record information sent over them. Wiretapping is forbidden by law in many countries and states, except as specifically authorized by a qualified authority.
–adj.
of or having to do with wiretapping: »

a wiretapping system, wiretapping equipment. He faces trial on wiretapping charges in New York (Wall Street Journal). The two biggest wiretapping agencies in the U.S. are the FBI … and the New York City Police Department (Time).


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Wire tapping — Wire tapper Wire tapper One that taps, or cuts in on, telegraph wires and intercepts messages; hence (Slang), a swindler who pretends to tap wires or otherwise intercept advance telegraphic news for betting. {Wire tapping}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wire tapping — getting information by secretly listening in on telephone conversations …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Wire tapper — One that taps, or cuts in on, telegraph wires and intercepts messages; hence (Slang), a swindler who pretends to tap wires or otherwise intercept advance telegraphic news for betting. {Wire tapping}. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wire|tap|ping — «WYR TAP ihng», noun, adjective, or wire tapping. –n. the making of a secret connection with telephone, telegraph, or their wires, to listen to conversations or record information sent over them. Wiretapping is forbidden by law in many countries… …   Useful english dictionary

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  • wire — waɪə(r) n. metal strand, cord, line; string; barbed wire, wire fence; telegraph cable; telegram; telegraphic system; electronic listening device, wire tapping device v. fasten with wire; attach a wire; send a telegram; install an electronic… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tapping wire — See wire tapping …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • wire-tapper — /ˈwaɪə tæpə/ (say wuyuh tapuh) noun 1. someone who illicitly taps telegraph or telephone wires to learn the nature of messages passing over them. 2. US Colloquial a swindler who professes to secure by this or some similar means advance… …  

  • Telephone tapping — Wiretap redirects here. For the radio program, see WireTap (radio program). Telephone tapping (also wire tapping or wiretapping in American English) is the monitoring of telephone and Internet conversations by a third party, often by covert means …   Wikipedia

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