• WordNet 3.6
    • n clapping a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of people that are hired to clap at a performance are called a claque
    • ns Clapping noise of striking: applause
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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.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. klappa, to pat; Dut. and Ger. klappen.


In literature:

I'll go prepared to clap you!
"The Youngest Girl in the Fifth" by Angela Brazil
We all gave a shout, clapped on our caps, and ran out to the fort gate.
"The Big Otter" by R.M. Ballantyne
We clapped on a tourniquet, but he had a very narrow escape of bleeding to death.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
Old Charcoal shouted, and applauded, and clapped his hands with the rest.
"Paul Gerrard" by W.H.G. Kingston
Blue Bonnet clapped her hands over Uncle Joe's eyes in her old madcap fashion.
"Blue Bonnet's Ranch Party" by C. E. Jacobs
So solid seemed the masses of the clouds that both boys started, expecting a clap of thunder.
"The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men" by Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
Halfway through the meal, Eudemius clapped his hands.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
When, however, we jumped suddenly up and clapped our hands, away they scuttled at a great rate, chattering and quacking louder than ever.
"A Voyage round the World" by W.H.G. Kingston
Godfrey and Tartlet at about one o'clock in the morning were awakened by heavy claps of thunder, and most vivid flashes of lightning.
"Godfrey Morgan" by Jules Verne
Clapping spurs into his horse's flanks, he sought succor in flight.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth

In poetry:

HANCE had a mother, poor and old,
A simple, harmless village dame,
Who crowed and clapped as people told
Of WINTERBOTTOM'S rising fame.
"Thomas Winterbottom Hance" by William Schwenck Gilbert
And when I got through they all clap'd me,
'Twas not about what I said;
But they were, through sympathy,
Clapping the blood from my head.
"Ajax' Bashfulness" by Frank Barbour Coffin
When, like a passing light upon the sea,
Your wood-bird soul shall clap her wings and flee,
She shall but nest
More closely in my breast.
"The Spirit Of The Earth" by Mary Webb
While they clap and stamp at your nightly fate,
They shall never know
The curse that drags at you, until Hell's gate.
You have heard me. Go!
"After The Play" by Robert Graves
Now with delight the rescued boy,
To her maternal bosom springs:
The conscious Swan partakes their joy,
And claps her proud triumphant wings.
"The Swan" by William Hayley
About the dead dark o' the night,
Ere the first cock clapped his wing,
The Hun Lord's soul had wandered far —
A shrunk and wizened thing —
"The Ballad Of The Hun King's Dream" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

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'I won't clap for that.'.
"I won't clap for that," said another reporter as the last notes faded away.
It's been almost a decade since endearingly yelpy indie outfit Clap Your Hands Say Yeah won the hearts of the blogosphere without the help of any record label.
In case you missed this from yesterday, watch here how quickly players from the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins scatter from the field after a tremendous thunder clap .
Huge clap of thunder sends players scrambling for cover during Rangers-Twins game.
With ominous clouds looming overhead, a huge clap of thunder sent both Rangers and Twins players scrambling for safety during Sunday night's game at Rangers Ballpark.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah will be short two members following their free show at New York's CBGB Festival tomorrow.
Congress gives feds reason to clap .
'They're going to clap for me'.
A YouTube movement captures that irritation by collecting "slow claps for Congress.".
Destroyers of the Atlanta music scene, The Clap is spreading over the rest of the East Coast this summer with their latest offering, 'Juvenile Cassingle'.
Strong psychedelic waves washing over janglely garage noises and purring kittens, The Clap is a band you just have to catch.
Congress responds to 'slow clap ' to resolve FAA mess — for now.
Two quick claps and the Clap Off bra pops right off.

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