clapping


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clap 1

 (klăp)
v. clapped, clap·ping, claps
v.intr.
1. To strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound, as in applauding.
2. To come together suddenly with a sharp sound.
v.tr.
1. To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another: clapped a book on the desk.
2. To strike (the hands) together with an abrupt, loud sound, usually repeatedly: clapped hands in time to the music.
3. To strike lightly but firmly with the open hand, as in greeting: clapped me on the shoulder.
4. To put or place quickly and firmly: clapped the purse snatcher in jail; clapped a lid on the box.
5. To arrange hastily: clapped together a plan.
n.
1. The act or sound of clapping the hands.
2. A sudden, loud, explosive sound: a clap of thunder.
3. A sharp blow with the open hand; a slap.
4. Obsolete A sudden stroke of fortune, especially of bad luck.

[Middle English clappen, from Old English clæppan, clappian, to throb, and from Old Norse klappa, to clap, pat.]

clap 2

 (klăp)
n. Vulgar Slang
Gonorrhea. Often used with the.

[Probably from obsolete French clapoir, bubo, from Old French clapier, brothel, from Old Provençal, rabbit warren, from clap, heap of stones, perhaps of Celtic origin.]

clapping

(ˈklæpɪŋ)
n
applause
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.clapping - a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands togetherclapping - a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
commendation, approval - a message expressing a favorable opinion; "words of approval seldom passed his lips"
ovation, standing ovation - enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
hand - a round of applause to signify approval; "give the little lady a great big hand"
handclap - a clap of the hands to indicate approval
round - an outburst of applause; "there was a round of applause"
Translations

clapping

[ˈklæpɪŋ] N (= applause) → aplausos mpl; (= sound of hands) → palmoteo m

clapping

[ˈklæpɪŋ] n (= applause) → applaudissements mpl

clapping

n(Beifall)klatschen nt, → Beifall m

clapping

[ˈklæpɪŋ] napplausi mpl
References in classic literature ?
Beth took a step forward, and pressed her hands tightly together to keep from clapping them, for this was an irresistible temptation, and the thought of practicing on that splendid instrument quite took her breath away.
Men, women, and children; the aged, the inform, the active, and the strong, were alike abroad, some exclaiming aloud, others clapping their hands with a joy that seemed frantic, and all expressing their savage pleasure in some unexpected event.
Before the barn door strutted the gallant cock, that pattern of a husband, a warrior and a fine gentleman, clapping his burnished wings and crowing in the pride and gladness of his heart, --sometimes tearing up the earth with his feet, and then generously calling his ever-hungry family of wives and children to enjoy the rich morsel which he had discovered.
Unconsciously clapping the vinegar-cruet to one side of her nose, she ruminated for an instant; then exclaimed -- No
Speaking had been going on all the time, and the audience was clapping its hands and shouting, thrilling with excitement; and little by little the sounds were beginning to blur in Jurgis's ears, and his thoughts were beginning to run together, and his head to wobble and nod.
Tell you what," said he, suddenly clapping his hand on Mr.
And so on, with clapping of joyful hands till all the group had begged for invitations but Tom and Amy.
I don't know," returned the man, clapping his hands to his mouth nevertheless, and vociferating in a surprising heat and with the greatest ardour, "Spies
said the child, clapping her tiny hands, and bending down to laugh.
Under the influence of this delusion, she dived into the coal-cellar at the most untimely hours, and scarcely ever opened the door of a dark cupboard without clapping it to again, in the belief that she had got him.
Because," returned the sergeant, clapping him on the shoulder, "you're a man that knows what's what.
And clapping me in the friendliest way upon the shoulder, he hobbled off forward and went below.