applause

Definitions

  • Sweet and Low' by the quartette party always brought forth rounds of applause
    Sweet and Low' by the quartette party always brought forth rounds of applause
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n applause a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Applause The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by clapping the hands, stamping or tapping with the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation. "The brave man seeks not popular applause ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n applause A manifestation of approval by sound; enthusiastic approbation expressed by clapping the hands, acclamation, huzzas, or other means of demonstration; popular laudation.
    • n applause Any expression of approbation, appreciation, or delight; commendation; encouragement; approval.
    • n applause An object of approval. B. Jonson.
    • applause To applaud; approve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Applause praise loudly expressed: acclamation
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Quotations

  • Charles Caleb Colton
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    “Applause is the spur of noble minds, the end and aim of weak ones.”
  • William Cowper
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    “O, popular applause! what heart of man is proof against thy sweet, seducing charms?”
  • Alfred Jarry
    Alfred Jarry
    “We believe that the applause of silence is the only kind that counts.”
  • Greil Marcus
    Greil Marcus
    “Applause that comes thundering with such force you might think the audience merely suffers the music as an excuse for its ovations.”
  • Artur Schnabel
    Artur Schnabel
    “Applause is a receipt, not a bill.”
  • John Dryden
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    “Kings fight for empires, madmen for applause.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. applaudere, applausum,. See Applaud
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. applaud-ĕread, to, plaudĕre, plausum, to clap. See Explode.

Usage

In literature:

At Florence, where he stayed for some time, he composed the opera 'Rodrigo,' which was received with great applause.
"Story-Lives of Great Musicians" by Francis Jameson Rowbotham
And he had patrons and critics loud in their applause.
"Art in England" by Dutton Cook
This act went without either applause or disapproval.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
Prolonged laughter and applause greeted his appearance.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Dancing, bowing, and waving the flag, he won generous applause.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
She seemed to waken out of a dream when the song ended amid loud applause.
"Legends of the Rhine" by Wilhelm Ruland
The applause continued like the breaking of waves on a stony beach.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
These indeed Italian artists have frequently renewed, though with a less degree of applause.
"Anecdotes of Painters, Engravers, Sculptors and Architects, and Curiosities of Art, (Vol. 2 of 3)" by Shearjashub Spooner
No sooner did the gallant knight make his appearance than the derisive laughter and sneers were changed into shouts of applause.
"Ernest Bracebridge" by William H. G. Kingston
A murmur of applause swept about us.
"Tarrano the Conqueror" by Raymond King Cummings
A murmur of applause ran round the room.
"The Son of Monte-Cristo, Volume I (of 2)" by Alexandre Dumas père
The applause shook the air.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Her intellectual face lit up with a smile at the applause, and a pink flush came into her pale cheek.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
When the applause ceased, she began again.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird
The applause is renewed.
"The Land of The Blessed Virgin; Sketches and Impressions in Andalusia" by William Somerset Maugham
The last or finish step must get the most applause or the dancer fails.
"The Art of Stage Dancing" by Ned Wayburn
She danced carelessly, as if mocking the rustics, and made her exit without applause.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
A hush followed the burst of applause that greeted Cora.
"Highacres" by Jane Abbott
At the conclusion, her effort was acknowledged by long applause.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume IV" by Various
They were courteously received and heard with much applause.
"The History of Woman Suffrage, Volume VI" by Various
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In poetry:

Before the world that hates his course,
My treach'rous heart has throbbed with shame;
Loth to forego the worlds applause,
I hardly dare avow his name.
"Is This Thy Kindness To Thy Friend (Christ A Redeemer And Friend)" by John Newton
CHORUS OF ALL.
Arise, all potent ruler, rise,
And vindicate thy people's cause;
Till every tongue in every land Shall offer up unfeign'd applause.
'Exeunt'.
"The Captivity" by Oliver Goldsmith
That, and here, my General's first battle;
No women looking on, nor sunshine to bask in—it did not conclude
with applause;
Nobody clapp'd hands here then.
"The Centerarian's Story" by Walt Whitman
No more the sea of faces, turned to thine,
Swayed by impassioned word and breathless pause;
No more the triumph of thine art--no more
The thunder of applause.
"Sir Henry Irving" by Virna Sheard
A battle-song was writ for the theatre, where it
Was sung with vast energy
And rapturous applause; and besides, the public cause,
Was supported by the clergy.
"The Legend Of St. Sophia Of Kioff" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Pity the sandall'd swain, the shepherd's boy;
He sighs to brighten a neglected name;
Foe to the dull applause of vulgar joy,
He mourns his lot; he wishes, merits fame.
"Elegy XVI. He Suggests the Advantage of Birth To a Person of Merit" by William Shenstone

In news:

Disney Concert Hall Draws Applause in Los Angeles.
The wind was huffing leaves to the ground and yet the tree's rustling sound reminded me a little bit of applause.
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, an Upper West Side mainstay specializing in literature for the performing arts community for twenty-five years, is closing at the end of July, a victim of the Internet and decreased sales.
The Deal Is Done, but Hold the Applause.
That's why the decision by the city of Urbana to take possession of and demolish a dilapidated apartment complex on South Lierman Avenue deserves applause.
The student who played Brown was vying for the school's "Mr. Waverly" title -- a school tradition in which skits are performed and the one that garners the most applause wins the title.
A law that will establish standards in the pharmacy audit process conducted by pharmacy benefit managers in the state of Alabama has received the applause of the National Association of Chain Drug Stores.
They'll be the center of attention on the day after, too - and the day after that, each encore greeted by increasingly less applause.
Susan Rice " extraordinary " and prompting applause from his Cabinet during a meeting at the.
Five brand new close-ups of comet 103P/Hartley 2 arrived at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab amid cheers and applause at 8:02 Pacific time this morning.
Mel B, from left, Mel C, Geri Halliwell, Emma Bunton, and Victoria Beckham take the applause on stage at the curtain call for Viva Forever .
If you answered "reach, frequency and creative,clear energy," then give yourself a round of applause.
As Lea Solanga exits the stage (no doubt to thunderous applause), the venue will immediately begin preparing for the arrival of iconic twosome Loggins & Messina .
Being in a play can offer children more dividends than applause.
Cheers and applause echoed through the hallway outside the boardroom after the Alabama State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners unanimously voted Wednesday.
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In science:

If I may be permitted to speak for the participants of this meeting, we owe our very warm thanks and therefore a very strong round of applause to the ORGANIZERS of the meeting: Olivier Bersillon, Jean Paul Delaroche, Arjan J.
Specialists' Meeting on the Nucleon-Nucleus Optical Model up to 200 MeV: Conclusions and Recommendations
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