clapper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n clapper metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side
    • n clapper a mobile mass of muscular tissue covered with mucous membrane and located in the oral cavity
    • n clapper someone who applauds
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Clapper A person who claps.
    • n Clapper A rabbit burrow.
    • Clapper That which strikes or claps, as the tongue of a bell, or the piece of wood that strikes a mill hopper, etc. See Illust. of Bell.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n clapper Something which claps or strikes with a loud, sharp noise. Specifically— The tongue of a bell.
    • n clapper The cover of a clack-dish.
    • n clapper The piece of wood or metal which strikes the hopper of a mill.
    • n clapper In medieval churches, a wooden rattle used as a summons to prayers on the last three days of Holy Week, when it was customary for the church bells to remain silent. Also called clap.
    • n clapper A clack or windmill for frightening birds.
    • n clapper plural Pieces of wood or bone to be held between the fingers and struck together rhythmically; the bones.
    • n clapper The knocker of a door.
    • n clapper One who claps, especially one who applauds by clapping the hands.
    • n clapper A clack-valve.
    • n clapper plural A pair of iron plates used to hold fine steel springs while being hardened.
    • n clapper A plank laid across a running stream as a substitute for a bridge.
    • n clapper plural Warrenpales or -walls.
    • n clapper The tongue.
    • clapper To clap; make a clattering noise.
    • n clapper See claper.
    • n clapper In botany, the auricle in hepatics. See auricle, 3 .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Clapper one who claps: that which claps, as the tongue of a bell: a glib tongue
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. clapier,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. klappa, to pat; Dut. and Ger. klappen.

Usage

In literature:

They fled at his approach, and he was obliged to warn them of his coming by outcry, or by use of a clapper or bell.
"A Treasury of Heroes and Heroines" by Clayton Edwards
There I stood in the chill daylight, shivering in my pale blue cloak, impetuously clanging the brazen lion's head upon its clapper.
"The Other Side of the Door" by Lucia Chamberlain
Also, a plank or foot-bridge across a running stream; also, the clapper of a bell.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
I do not believe that Quasimodo rode upon the bell; I should as soon imagine that he swung by the clapper.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 3 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So old Gosset with the wooden leg was always on that side with his clapper, never out in front.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
In July of that year the clapper broke and couldn't be used.
"The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers" by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
The clock goes eight days, and strikes the hours on the great bell, the clapper of which weighs 180 pounds.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
The wires of the bells were distinctly moved, not only the bells and the clappers.
"Psychic Phenomena" by Edward T. Bennett
He held the clapper of his bell in one hand, saw ye?
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 8 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Yes, the gong is a flint bar struck by the priest with a bone clapper.
"Through Our Unknown Southwest" by Agnes C. Laut
Is it within the reach of any combination of springs, ratchets and clappers?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 20. July, 1877." by Various
He shrugged his shoulders, as he looked at the signs of a fierce clapper-clawing.
"Devil Stories" by Various
We do not consider it necessary to mention that the bells are struck by a clapper.
"Logic, Inductive and Deductive" by William Minto
He shrugged his shoulders as he looked at the signs of a fierce clapper-clawing.
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 1" by Various
Here's a yarn sock tied around the clapper.
"The Land of Long Ago" by Eliza Calvert Hall
The ensign's first task was to make fast a lanyard to the clapper of the dismal thing, and thereafter their nerves felt steadier.
"The Boy Scouts for Uncle Sam" by John Henry Goldfrap
Two small knobs of brass, which serve as clappers, hang by silk strings, one between each two bells.
"Endless Amusement" by Unknown
Her tongue goes like a mill-clapper all the time!
"Tried for Her Life" by Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
He held the clapper of his bell in one hand, saw ye?
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The sails of his own mills and those of his neighbours clappered merrily as if for a wager.
"Klytia" by George Taylor
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In poetry:

Sally is gone that was so kindly,
Sally is gone from Ha'nacker Hill
And the Briar grows ever since then so blindly;
And ever since then the clapper is still…
And the sweeps have fallen from Ha'nacker Mill.
"Ha'nacker Mill" by Hilaire Belloc

In news:

Find Virginia Rail, Sora, King Rail, Clapper Rail , Yellow Rail, and Black Rail.
Teen sails like clappers to get 'home'.
Leaks Aren't 'In,' Clapper Tells Intelligence Community .
Find Virginia Rail, Sora, King Rail , Clapper Rail, Yellow Rail, and Black Rail.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama chats with Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Stephen Clapper began his career as a photojournalist in Texas, moved away for two years, and now finds himself back in the Lone Star State once again.
Find Virginia Rail, Sora , King Rail, Clapper Rail, Yellow Rail, and Black Rail.
Photo by Bill Clapper That's me at the top of Whiteface Mountain, New York 's fifth highest peak.
Director of National Intelligence James R Clapper was on Capitol Hill on more.
Meyersdale Area Watch Group spokesman Jon Clapper addresses the borough council, asking the borough to rescind the vote to disband the municipal authority and asking questions about the reasons behind the original vote.
At the Supreme Court on Monday, as Hurricane Sandy approached, Chief Justice John Roberts kept the Court open to hear Clapper v.
US Director of National Intelligence James Clapper leaves a briefing before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Capitol Hill in Washington on November 15, 2012.
The Supreme Court hears arguments this week on Clapper v.
Clapper's Blog Archive for Monday, March 19 , 2012.
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