• WordNet 3.6
    • n clappers a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
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In literature:

It hung directly before the helmsman's window, and it had a short rope attached to the clapper of it.
"Rollo on the Atlantic" by Jacob Abbott
There was no bell; only a heavy iron clapper.
"In Kings' Byways" by Stanley J. Weyman
I tried holding the clappers still, but that was no good, as there were four of them.
"The Tale Of Mr. Peter Brown - Chelsea Justice" by V. Sackville West
One miserable man was hung to the clapper of the same bell that he had rung to call the people to arms.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
If two bells are placed on the base with the clapper mounted between them, both bells will be struck by the swinging motion of the armature.
"Electricity for Boys" by J. S. Zerbe
Not far from his hiding-place something began to sound like the voice of a wind-clapper.
"The Day of Wrath" by Maurus Jókai
Didn't I tell ye ter keep yer clapper still about me?
"The Young Oarsmen of Lakeview" by Ralph Bonehill
They were something like clappers.
"Fairy Prince and Other Stories" by Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
They also make a din by beating empty oil-tins, and use clappers as the country boys at home do.
"India and the Indians" by Edward F. Elwin
All that about its being the clapper of the bell is mere nonsense, and would hardly deceive a child.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
It was of the bell-clapper type.
"What's-His-Name" by George Barr McCutcheon
Hark, now, it is still wagging like the clapper of a bell.
"Penshurst Castle" by Emma Marshall
It looked a great mass of metal, so large and heavy that even the clapper must be an enormous weight.
"The Manor House School" by Angela Brazil
To attract attention, they would clash their wooden clappers together.
"The Leper in England: with some account of English lazar-houses" by Robert Charles Hope
This completes the circuit again and the clapper is pulled down.
"Common Science" by Carleton W. Washburne
The tongue in her head wagged like a bell-clapper.
"Dwellers in the Hills" by Melville Davisson Post
Clapper-gate, its meaning, 560.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
And he's got a bell-clapper in his head, too.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 15, No. 89, March, 1865" by Various
But we must unmuffle the clapper first.
"The Riddle of the Spinning Wheel" by Mary E. Hanshew
When the current is on, the core becomes magnetized and attracts another piece of iron called the armature with its clapper attached.
"Electricity for the 4-H Scientist" by Eric B. Wilson

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:

President Obama plans to announce his nomination tomorrow of James Clapper to be the next Director of National Intelligence.
Intel chief nominee Clapper held disputed Iraq WMD view.
Obama to Nominate Clapper for DNI Tomorrow.
President Obama intends to nominate Gen James Clapper (Ret).
CBS News has confirmed that the White House plans to nominate James Clapper to be the new Director of National Intelligence, replacing Dennis Blair, who resigned effective May 28th.
James Clapper has emerged as the leading choice for the role of director of national intelligence (AP).
Clapper Jr is the leading candidate for national intelligence position.
Monroe Hodder and Michael Clapper .
The results are in on the Clapper Road feasibility study about the possibility of a new Thruway interchange in Selkirk, but many questions are still out.
The Town of Bethlehem Planning Board is in the process of determining the lead agency in the State Environmental Quality Review process for a proposed 77-parcel development near Clapper Road.
Getting water from the Markegard Farm to fight the Clapper Flat Fire.
They make a thing called a "clapper" to pound and flatten, but I like my hammer better.
Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
The FBI found that there had been no laws broken and no threat to national security but reported the affair to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper who immediately advised Petraeus to resign , which he did.
The clapper's shadow is cast as a scene begins on the set of "The Roommate ," a thriller starring Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly and Cam Gigandet.