clap·​per | \ˈkla-pər \

Definition of clapper 

: one that claps: such as

a : the tongue of a bell

b : a mechanical device that makes noise especially by the banging of one part against another

c : a person who applauds

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As part of their restoration, the bells will get new clappers — a piece of iron that hangs inside the bell to create a tone — as well as headstocks, Sunderlin said. Jennifer Johnson,, "Restoring the ring: Historic bells come down from Niles Leaning Tower," 2 July 2018 Once set up there and with midnight long since passed, the fans pulled out vuvuzelas, bells, whistles and clappers, and began to roar and chant pro-Iran songs. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Iran fans try to sabotage Cristiano Ronaldo, Portugal at team's World Cup hotel," 25 June 2018 On Friday, as Terry reached for the clapper, her hand trembled. Crocker Stephenson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Better Angels: An officer's quiet gift, and a patient's poignant farewell," 9 May 2018 According to René Spielmann, president of Glockengiesserei Rüetschi bell company, the new generation of bell clappers are quieter. Helena Bachmann, USA TODAY, "In Switzerland, church bells alarm those who want silence," 11 Apr. 2018 It was hidden behind a souvenir movie director’s clapper board. Lisa Arthur,, "The Executions," 3 Apr. 2018 Zhang Shimin kept the beat on a bell and clapper while sprawled out on the floor with a look of utter contentment. Mark Swed,, "In praise of musical tourism: Huayin Shadow Puppet Band and Cloud Gate Dance Theatre," 20 Mar. 2018 The pop artist tackled the lemon shaker and took lead vocals; her host Jimmy Fallon tried his hand at the wood block, bass drum and Casio keyboard; and Questlove looked at ease on the hand clappers. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Watch Camila Cabello, Jimmy Fallon & The Roots Perform 'Havana' on Classroom Instruments," 18 Jan. 2018 There, equipment was installed so the bell stays stationary and is rung by a moving internal clapper that is controlled electronically by a switch in the sacristy, Flanagan said. Leonor Vivanco-prengaman,, "Elizabethan bell — city's oldest — to toll its anniversary on Sunday," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of clapper

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of clapper

: a metal ball that hangs inside a bell and hits the inside of the bell to make it ring


clap·​per | \ˈkla-pər \

Kids Definition of clapper

: the part hanging inside a bell that hits the sides to make the bell ring

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