Definition of clapper
: one that claps: such asa : the tongue of a bellb : a mechanical device that makes noise especially by the banging of one part against anotherc : a person who applauds
Recent Examples of clapper from the Web
There’s no clapper in the addition to the sculpture garden, which features a bell that was repurposed after it was rejected by a German church that didn’t like its tone.
Prather came down the stairs, and ducked under the bell to remove the clapper.
When the clapper was later stolen, students continued to ring it by pounding it with sledge hammers.
After ringing so long, and so loudly, the clapper fell off.
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First Known Use of clapper
CLAPPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clapper for English Language Learners
: a metal ball that hangs inside a bell and hits the inside of the bell to make it ring
CLAPPER Defined for Kids
Definition of clapper for Students
: the part hanging inside a bell that hits the sides to make the bell ring
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