wiretap
wire·tap 1 /'wīr-ˌtap/ vb -tapped, -tap·ping
vi: to engage in wiretapping
had probable cause to wiretap
vt: to interpret through wiretapping
a wiretapped telephone conversation; also: to connect to the telephone line of for the purpose of wiretapping
wiretapped her home compare bug, eavesdrop
wiretap 2 n
1: an act or instance of wiretapping
we have held previously that wiretap s are a form of a searchWhack v. State, 615 A.2d 1226 (1992)
2: an electrical connection for wiretapping compare pen register

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

wiretap
index eavesdrop

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


wiretap
Using an electronic device to listen to or record another's telephone (or electronic) communications.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


wiretap
1 n. The listening in of any wire or oral communication by use of electronic or mechanical means; generally illegal where both parties to the communication are unaware of the wiretap. Unauthorized use or possession of wiretap devices is prohibited under state and federal law.
2 v. The act of placing an electronic device to listen in on oral communications.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

wiretap
n.
   using an electronic device to listen in on telephone lines, which is illegal unless allowed by court order based upon a showing by law enforcement of "probable cause" to believe the communications are part of criminal activities. Use of wiretap is also a wrongful act for which the party whose telephones were tapped may sue the party performing the act and/or listening in as an invasion of privacy or for theft of information. A wiretap differs from a "bug," which is a radio device secretly placed in one's premises to listen in on conversations or to tape incoming calls without notice to the caller. The same rules of illegality and tort liability apply to "bugging."

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • wiretap — v. t. to tap[5] (a telephone or telegraph line) to get information surreptitiously; also, to obtain or record (information) by use of a wiretap. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wiretap — n. the act or event of tapping a telephone or telegraph line to get information surreptitiously. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wiretap — ☆ wiretap [wīr′tap΄ ] vi., vt. wiretapped, wiretapping to tap (a telephone wire, etc.) to get information secretly or underhandedly n. 1. the act or an instance of wiretapping 2. a device used in wiretapping adj. of or relating to wiretapping… …   English World dictionary

  • wiretap — /wuyeur tap /, n., v., wiretapped, wiretapping, adj. n. 1. an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information. v.t. 2. to obtain (information, evidence, etc.) by tapping telephone or telegraph wires: to… …   Universalium

  • wiretap — I UK [ˈwaɪə(r)ˌtæp] / US [ˈwaɪrˌtæp] noun [countable] Word forms wiretap : singular wiretap plural wiretaps mainly American a) a piece of equipment that secretly lets telephone conversations be heard or recorded b) an occasion when a wiretap is… …   English dictionary

  • wiretap — wire|tap1 [ waır,tæp ] noun count a piece of equipment that secretly lets telephone conversations be heard or recorded a. an occasion when a wiretap is used wiretap wire|tap 2 [ waır,tæp ] verb intransitive or transitive to connect a special… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • wiretap — wire•tap [[t]ˈwaɪərˌtæp[/t]] n. v. tapped, tap•ping 1) tgp an act or instance of tapping telephone or telegraph wires for evidence or other information 2) tgp to listen in on by means of a wiretap: to wiretap a conversation[/ex] 3) tgp to tap… …   From formal English to slang

  • wiretap — [[t]wa͟ɪ͟ə(r)tæp[/t]] wiretaps, wiretapping, wiretapped also wire tap VERB If someone wiretaps your telephone, they attach a special device to the line so that they can secretly listen to your conversations. [AM] [V n] The coach said his club had …   English dictionary

  • wiretap — verb (T) to secretly listen to other people s telephone conversations, by fixing something to the wires of their phone wiretap noun (C) wiretapping noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wiretap — I. Date: 1904 intransitive verb to tap a telephone or telegraph wire in order to get information transitive verb to tap the telephone of II. noun Date: 1948 1. the act or an instance of wiretapping 2. an electrical connection for wiretapping …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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