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clap

verb \ ˈklap \

Definition of clap

clapped also clapt; clapping
transitive verb
1 :to strike (two things, such as two flat, hard surfaces) together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise
2 a :to strike (the hands) together repeatedly usually in applause
b :applaud
3 :to strike with the flat of the hand in a friendly way
  • clapped his friend on the shoulder
4 :to place, put, or set especially energetically
  • clap him into jail
  • since I first clapped eyes on it
5 :to improvise or build hastily
  • a hut clapped together from old plywood
intransitive verb
1 :to produce a percussive sound; especially :slam
2 :to go abruptly or briskly
3 :applaud

Examples of clap in a Sentence

  1. She clapped in delight when she heard the news.

  2. The audience clapped to the beat of the music.

  3. The conductor clapped her hands twice, and the musicians stopped talking and prepared to play.

  4. He clapped his friend on the shoulder.

  5. He clapped his hand over his mouth when he realized what he had said.

  6. He clapped his hat on his head and went out the door.

  7. She clapped a muzzle on the dog.

  8. The prisoners were clapped in irons.

Origin and Etymology of clap

Middle English clappen, from Old English clæppan to throb; akin to Old High German klaphōn to beat


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clap

noun

Definition of clap

1 :a device that makes a clapping noise
2 obsolete :a sudden stroke of fortune and especially ill fortune
3 :a loud percussive noise; specifically :a sudden crash of thunder
4 a :a sudden blow
b :a friendly slap
  • a clap on the back
5 :the sound of clapping hands; especially :applause

First Known Use of clap

13th century


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clap

noun

Definition of clap

:gonorrhea often used with the

Origin and Etymology of clap

Medieval French clapoir bubo



CLAP Defined for English Language Learners

clap

verb

Definition of clap for English Language Learners

  • : to hit the palms of your hands together usually more than once

  • : to suddenly put the palm of your hand on someone or something

  • : to quickly or forcefully put someone or something in a place or position


CLAP Defined for Kids

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clap

verb \ ˈklap \

Definition of clap for Students

clapped; clapping
1 :to hit (the palms of the hands) together usually more than once
2 :to hit or touch with the open hand
  • He clapped his friend on the shoulder.
3 :to hit together noisily
  • She clapped the two boards together.
  • The door clapped shut.
4 :to put or place quickly or with force
  • He clapped his hat on his head.

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clap

noun

Definition of clap for Students

1 :a loud sharp sound
  • a clap of thunder
2 :a hard or a friendly slap
  • a clap on the back

Medical Dictionary

clap

noun \ ˈklap \

medical Definition of clap

:gonorrhea often used with the


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