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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tapster a tavern keeper who taps kegs or casks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Tapster One whose business is to tap or draw ale or other liquor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tapster A person employed in a tavern to tap or draw beer or ale, or other liquor, to be served to guests.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Tapster one who taps or draws off liquor, a publican, barman
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. tæppestre, a female tapster. See Tap a plug, pipe, and -ster
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. tæppe, seen in tæppere, one who taps casks; Dut. tap, Ger. zapfen, a tap.


In literature:

John Fry is waiting by the tapster's door, and Peggy neighing to me.
"Lorna Doone, A Romance of Exmoor" by R. D. Blackmore
The beer excise of three guilders per tun, was imposed by Kieft in 1644, and is paid by the tapster alone, and not the burgher.
"Narrative of New Netherland" by Various
Robin shaped himself like to the tapster's brewer, and came and demanded twenty pounds which was due to him from the tapster.
"The Sources and Analogues of 'A Midsummer-night's Dream'" by Compiled by Frank Sidgwick
His story, in short, was that soon after his wedding a tapster enticed away his wife.
"The Awakening" by Leo Nikoleyevich Tolstoy
I'm Tom the landlord, Tom the tapster, Tom the tavern-keeper!
"Patriotic Plays and Pageants for Young People" by Constance D'Arcy Mackay
The brewers refused to brew, the bakers to bake, the tapsters to tap.
"The Golden Grasshopper" by W.H.G. Kingston
He visited hundreds of the tapster's quarters in various parts of the city.
"Charles Carleton Coffin" by William Elliot Griffis
What's your name, Master tapster?
"Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
The tapster's instincts were still in operation.
"Traditions of Lancashire, Volume 2 (of 2)" by John Roby
They found "Ye Swanne" in charge of the tapster and the serving-wench, and with Paignton Rob for its solitary guest.
"Sea-Dogs All!" by Tom Bevan
For instance, he knew one Bardolph of the brazen, fiery nose, the tapster at the tavern.
"A Warwickshire Lad" by George Madden Martin
So Mr. Tapster now suddenly asked himself.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908" by Various
Off, off, and send the tapster!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, Volume XV" by Robert Louis Stevenson
You might be a tapster or a jockey.
"That Boy Of Norcott's" by Charles James Lever
GILES, a plump and peevish old rogue, a tapster.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
I drew him many a pot of beer when I was a tapster.
"A Gentleman Player" by Robert Neilson Stephens
And withal they have backs broad as brewers' horses and faces red as tapsters.
"The Red Room" by August Strindberg
No, it has the eagle's claw, and wants no help from thee, thou forlorn tapster!
"Rob of the Bowl, Vol. I (of 2)" by John P. Kennedy
Would you have him frequent ale-houses, and fight with drawers and tapsters?
"Judith Shakespeare" by William Black
With sudden soreness Mr. Tapster now recalled the one letter Flossy had written to him just before the actual hearing of the divorce suit.
"Studies in Wives" by Marie Belloc Lowndes

In poetry:

I'd looked on, unknowing, and witnessed
Her jests with the tapsters,
Her liquor-fired face, her thick accents
In naming her fee.
"My Cicely" by Thomas Hardy

In science:

Townsend, P.D., Rarity, J.G., and Tapster, P.R. Single-photon interference in a 10 Km long optical fiber interferometer.
Microwave Photonics Parallel Quantum Key Distribution
Although the ideal Bell inequality test has been presented in terms of entangled photons with respect to polarization, an alternative test was suggested by Horne et al, depicted in Fig. 2, and realized experimentally by Rarity and Tapster .
Unitary transformations for testing Bell inequalities
Paul Tapster and John Rarity from DERA working with Paul Townsend were the first ones to test this system over a fiber optic spool of 10 kilometers (1993a and 1993b).
Quantum Cryptography
Tapster, 1998, “Intensity fluctuation spectroscopy of small numbers of dye molecules in a microcavity”, Phys.
Quantum Cryptography
Tapster, 1988, “Nonclassical effects in parametric downconversion”, in “Photons & Quantum Fluctuations”, eds Pike & Walther, Adam Hilger.
Quantum Cryptography
Tapster, 1993a, “Single photon interference in a 10 km long optical fiber interferometer”, Electron.
Quantum Cryptography
Tapster, 1993b, “Enhanced single photon fringe visibility in a 10km-long prototype quantum cryptography channel”, Electron.
Quantum Cryptography
Joshua Bienfang and their team at NIST for their generous, long-term loan of their QKD system, and to P. R. Tapster, P. M.
Current status of the DARPA Quantum Network
In particular, Rarity and Tapster performed an experiment in which the well known Hong-Ou-Mandel “dip” was observed when a weak coherent state was mixed with a single heralded down-conversion photon at a 50/50 beam splitter.
Violation of Bell's Inequality with Photons from Independent Sources