hand clapping

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n hand clapping a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
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Usage

In literature:

The piercing shrieks of Billy, as he clapped his hands in murderous glee, mingled now and again with the barking of the dog.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
Mrs. Martin clapped her hands loudly.
"A Son of the City" by Herman Gastrell Seely
She moaned pitifully; she clapped her hands with wild gestures, ending in a quivering motion.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
The women courtesy to their chief, and men clap their hands and bow themselves.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
While the hands were hauling aft the sheets, a loud clap was heard.
"Twice Lost" by W.H.G. Kingston
Tommy clapped his hands and danced about, crying, "Fried fish for dinner;" and Juno said, "Have very fine dinner to-day, Missy Caroline.
"Masterman Ready" by Captain Frederick Marryat
She clapped her hands and laughed, and tried to touch his head; but being too little, laughed again, and stood on tiptoe to embrace him.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Severac Bablon smiled, clapped both hands upon his shoulders, and looked into his eyes.
"The Sins of Séverac Bablon" by Sax Rohmer
The popular belief that they dance in response to the clapping of the hands is quite untrue.
"Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose" by Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
The girls with Peggy and Polly clapped their hands and shrieked with delight.
"Peggy Stewart at School" by Gabrielle E. Jackson
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In poetry:

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
Godfrey and Lion-Heart and all
The splendours of the faithful years
Watch our young sons from the Knights' stall,
Ready to clap hands to their spears
If ill befall, if ill befall.
"Palestine: 1917 " by Katharine Tynan
He pauses. We seek him ; but the song once gone,
Nought remains to show him. We clap hands in vain.
Now over the crest a new faint song is begun.
That we can hardly hear. Is it he again?
"The Nightjars" by Edward Shanks
She claps her hands, and her henchman hurries
West of the sunset sheen:
'Tis he who comes when a mist-wrack scurries,
Skirting the deep ravine;
And my heart is stirred by the loving word
He carries me from my queen.
"A Song" by Barcroft Henry Boake
At last the great singer commenced his little song,
And many a heart was moved and the plaudits loud and long
And as she sang it Pierre clapped his hands for joy.
That he felt as if it were free from the world's annoy.
"Little Pierre's Song" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

You stomp your feet, and clap your hands.
This fabulous foursome will have your toes tapping and your hands clapping.
I don't know about you, but that really got my feet tapping and hands clapping .
Two hands clap and there is a sound.
What's the Sound of One Hand Clapping .
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Regroup for Introspective Third Album.
Alex Ounsworth of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah performs at the End of the Road Festival in the United Kingdom.
Andrew Mills/The Star-Ledger Rutgers head coach Mike Rice (cneter) claps his hands during a practice open to the media at Rutgers Athletic Center.
Trades guitar riffs for hand clapping and punchy percussion.
What's the Sound of One Hand Clapping.
"One Hand Can't Clap" Talking to Iraqis.
'Sound of One Hand Clapping' tells story that should be heard.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah — Hysterical.
The band Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah never really went away, it just felt like it.
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In science:

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
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