• WordNet 3.6
    • v clap clap one's hands together "The children were clapping to the music"
    • v clap clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    • v clap strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise "clap two boards together"
    • v clap strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
    • v clap put quickly or forcibly "The judge clapped him in jail"
    • v clap strike the air in flight "the wings of the birds clapped loudly"
    • v clap cause to strike the air in flight "The big bird clapped its wings"
    • n clap a sudden very loud noise
    • n clap a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated
    • n clap a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of people that are hired to clap at a performance are called a claque
    • Clap A burst of sound; a sudden explosion. "Horrible claps of thunder."
    • Clap A loud noise made by sudden collision; a bang. "Give the door such a clap , as you go out, as will shake the whole room."
    • Clap A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow. "What, fifty of my followers at a clap !"
    • Clap A striking of hands to express approbation. "Unextrected claps or hisses."
    • n Clap Gonorrhea.
    • Clap Noisy talk; chatter.
    • Clap (Falconry) The nether part of the beak of a hawk.
    • Clap To come together suddenly with noise. "The doors around me clapped ."
    • Clap To enter with alacrity and briskness; -- with to or into. "Shall we clap into it roundly, without . . . saying we are hoarse?"
    • Clap To knock, as at a door.
    • Clap To manifest approbation of, by striking the hands together; to applaud; as, to clap a performance.
    • Clap To strike the hands together in applause. "Their ladies bid them clap ."
    • Clap To strike; to slap; to strike, or strike together, with a quick motion, so, as to make a sharp noise; as, to clap one's hands; a clapping of wings. "Then like a bird it sits and sings,
      And whets and claps its silver wings."
    • Clap To talk noisily; to chatter loudly.
    • Clap To thrust, drive, put, or close, in a hasty or abrupt manner; -- often followed by to into on, or upon. "He had just time to get in and clap to the door.""Clap an extinguisher upon your irony."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Wheel of Fortune star Vanna White holds the record for putting her hands together approximately 140,000 times to clap
    • clap To strike with a quick, sharp motion; slap; pat, as with the palm of the open hand or some flat object: as, to clap one on the shoulder.
    • clap Hence To fondle by.patting.
    • clap To push forcibly; move together; shut hastily: followed by to: as, to clap to the door or gate.
    • clap To place or put, especially by a hasty or sudden motion: as, to clap the hand to the mouth; to clap spurs to a horse.
    • clap To strike, knock, or slap together, as the hands, or against the body, as wings, with a sharp, abrupt sound.
    • clap Hence To manifest approbation of by striking the hands together; applaud by clapping the hands.
    • clap To utter noisily.
    • clap To imprison, especially without formality or delay.
    • clap To strike or knock, as at a door.
    • clap To come together suddenly with a sharp noise; close with a bang; slam; clack.
    • clap To applaud, as by clapping the hands together.
    • clap To chatter; prattle or prate continually or noisily.
    • clap To begin or set to work with alacrity and briskness.
    • n clap A sudden sharp sound produced by a collision; a bang; a slap; a slam.
    • n clap Hence A burst or peal, as of thunder.
    • n clap A striking together, as of the hands or of a bird's wings; especially, a striking of the hands together, to express applause.
    • n clap A clapping; applause expressed by clapping.
    • n clap Noise of any kind, especially idle chatter.
    • n clap A sudden blow, motion, or act: generally in the phrase at a clap (which see, below).
    • n clap A touch or pat with the open hand: as, he put her off with a kiss and a clap.
    • n clap In falconry, the nether part of the beak of a hawk.
    • n clap Same as clapper, 1
    • n clap Gonorrhea.
    • clap To infect with venereal poison.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Clap klap the noise made by the sudden striking together of two things, as the hands: a burst of sound: a slap
    • v.t Clap to strike together so as to make a noise: to thrust or drive together suddenly: to fasten promptly: to pat with the hand in a friendly manner: to applaud with the hands: to bang: to imprison—e.g. 'to clap one in prison.'—v.i. to strike the hands together: to strike together with noise: to applaud:—pr.p. clap′ping; pa.p. clapped
    • n Clap klap gonorrhea.
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  • Will Rogers
    “We can't all be heroes, because somebody has to sit on the curb and clap as they go by.”
  • Joe Murray
    Joe Murray
    “Marriage should be a duet-when one sings, the other claps.”
  • Henry Lewis Stimson
    Henry Lewis Stimson
    “Marriage should be a duet -- when one sings, the other claps. Joe Murray The only way to make a man trustworthy is to trust him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. clappan,; akin to Icel. & Sw. klappa, D, klappen, to clap, prate, G. klaffen, v. i., to split open, yelp, klopfen, v. t. & i., to knock
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cf. Dut. klapoor.


In literature:

The crowd laughed at his antics and clapped their hands.
"Nobody's Boy" by Hector Malot
The clapping was tremendous.
"A Patriotic Schoolgirl" by Angela Brazil
She would not be interested in the simple fireside games, Clap In and Clap Out, Post Office and Drop the Handkerchief.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
We clapped till our hands were sore.
"New Treasure Seekers" by E. (Edith) Nesbit
The children clapped their hands.
"Five Little Friends" by Sherred Willcox Adams
His mother clapped him into her apron and ran home with him.
"Children's Literature" by Charles Madison Curry
The people were cheering and clapping hands.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Genevieve did not laugh, nor cry out, nor clap her hands.
"The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch" by Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
For very little children hand clapping is pleasing and sometimes more easily used than singing.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Little Trueey and Jan laughed, clapped their hands, and waited with curiosity until they should come nearer.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid

In poetry:

Clap on clap, down-crashing,
Clatter crowd on crowd,
From Venetia's dungeons,
From the Roman shroud;
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
I pass'd through the lonely street,
The wind did sing and blow;
I could hear the policeman's feet
Clapping to and fro.
"The Speculators" by William Makepeace Thackeray
He clapped his little cold wet hands,
And almost danced for joy,
It seemed a glimpse of paradise
To that poor hungry boy.
"Who Cares?" by John Hartley
Quiet miles of golden sky,
And in my heart a sudden flower.
I want to clap my hands and cry
For Beauty in her secret bower.
"Dawn" by Francis Ledwidge
"O how my poor dear mother smiled,
And clapped her hands for joy;
She said to me, 'Come here, my child,
And Susan, and my boy.
"The End Of May" by Charles Lamb
To a tailor's forehead clapping
Three long tubes, he smacks his nose
Thrice, and at his sudden tapping,
Out the Danzig vodka flows.
"Twardowski's Wife" by Adam Mickiewicz

In news:

Why do they call it the clap .
Personally, I wouldn't clap if I found out I had it…yikes.
They gave us the clap .
So Don't Clap A survey of the little people and just how much the Victorians believed in them.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (R) claps as he attends the unveiling ceremony of two statues of former leaders Kim Il-Sung and Kim Jong-Il in Pyongyang on April 13, 2012.
When Gerard Hedges took his first four steps, his specialists, fellow patients and the staff at Select Rehabilitation Hospital of Denton celebrated by clapping.
He actually claps when he sees the graham cracker box.
Paul McCartney claps his hands while singing his song Freedom, during the Super Bowl pregame show.
Presidential debate target Big Bird also had people clapping, although his flapping looked a tad parroted.
It is his voice that reverberates over the clapping, the cheering and the enthusiastic responses from the players.
Ian Kinsler's bases-loaded single wins it in the 13th in a game delayed after a frighteningly loud thunder clap.
Soul Clap Selects Five Favorite Bay Area Tracks.
A large crowd gathered at JPL, cheering and clapping when they saw the shuttle.
Clap your hands if you believe in fairies.
Chris Conroy walked into the room, and for once, people clapped for him.

In science:

In the case of systems where the interaction between oscillators is pulse-driven (such as in the case of fireflies, firing of neurons, rhythmic clapping), integrate and fire type synchronization models are used [7, 8, 9, 10].
Complex phase space of a simple synchronization model
Self-organizing processes: The sound of many hands clapping.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
In the authors experimentally studied rhythmic hand clapping.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact
They discuss a mechanism of hand clapping period doubling by individuals that helps the group achieve synchronization.
Dynamics of Oscillators Coupled by a Medium with Adaptive Impact