Meaning of wiretap

wire•tap

Pronunciation: (wīr'tap"), [key]
— n., v., adj. -tapped, -tap•ping,
—n.
  1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information.
—v.t.
  1. to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to wiretap conversations.
  2. to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a telephone; to wiretap a conversation.
—v.i.
  1. to tap telephone or telegraph wires for evidence, information, etc.
—adj.
  1. pertaining to or obtained by wiretap.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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