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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
clap
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a clap/crash/crack of thunder (=one extremely loud sound)
▪ Lightning flickered across the sky, followed seconds later by a loud crack of thunder.
an audience claps
▪ Most of the audience clapped but a few people jeered.
clap your hands
▪ They were singing and clapping their hands.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
back
▪ Malik clapped him on the back.
hand
▪ To me, butterflies are always the sound of one hand clapping.
▪ His hands were clapped to his face, and almost at once blood began trickling through his fingers.
▪ His face was livid, and his hand had clapped to his sword.
▪ Stop clapping with one hand, and start clapping with two hands at your own jokes.
▪ People say their hands hurt from clapping so much.
▪ A small boy in pajamas and socks wanders blearily behind his father, hands clapped over his ears.
▪ The sound of no hands clapping.
▪ The music is marked by sweeping melodies and rhythmic hand clapping.
people
▪ The melody swooped and split into two, harmonizing with itself. People clapped.
▪ There is little wonder that people clapped.
▪ A lot of people clapped and whistled.
▪ The people on the sidewalk clapped and then went away.
▪ Then some people stood up and clapped.
shoulder
▪ I clapped Jamie on the shoulder a couple of times and we made for the street.
▪ Jack clapped him on the shoulder.
▪ All around the smoking room, gentlemen seemed to be standing in clusters laughing and clapping each other on the shoulder.
▪ He clapped me on the shoulder.
▪ He clapped me on the shoulder, proclaiming I was a great fellow, before sweeping away to join the dancers.
■ VERB
laugh
▪ They laugh, and clap everything.
▪ All around the smoking room, gentlemen seemed to be standing in clusters laughing and clapping each other on the shoulder.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
set/lay/clap eyes on sb/sth
▪ Bedford disliked Halsey the minute he set eyes on him.
▪ How could she possibly know, since he had not set eyes on the girl?
▪ I bonded on the second night I laid eyes on Hyakutake.
▪ Just hours earlier she had set eyes on the pretty two-year-old and sister Anna-Camilla, seven, for the first time.
▪ Never anywhere have I set eyes on such a one.
▪ No sooner did she set eyes on the gentleman than she recognised his pecuniary position to be merely temporary.
▪ The couple fell in love before they had even set eyes on each other during a six-month long distance courtship.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A crowd gathered to watch the runners, clapping their hands and urging them on.
▪ Fans usually clap the batsman when he leaves the field.
▪ Mrs. Phillips clapped her hands and yelled at the dog to come inside.
▪ The audience clapped and cheered.
▪ The audience cheered and clapped as the curtain came down.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ His hands were clapped to his face, and almost at once blood began trickling through his fingers.
▪ I might jump up and clap my hands.
▪ Jack clapped him on the shoulder.
▪ Nutty got a glimpse of Gloria and Seb, jaws dropping, as everyone started to jeer and clap.
▪ The sound of no hands clapping.
▪ This measurement was for his new uniform, she assured him, while his colleagues wolf-whistled and clapped.
▪ Where Turtles us'd to clap their silken Wings.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ NOUN
thunder
▪ The door slammed behind them like a thunder clap.
▪ In the distance, another thunder clap rolled, this one more muffled than its predecessors.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ After a while the clapping died down.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Check the responses after all the claps.
▪ I give her a clap and turn round.
▪ Some ten seconds later, we heard the clap of thunder.
▪ The thought of another dose of clap flashed across his mind.
▪ Under those trees no dragons could fly ... He heard the clap of wings before shadows folded around him.
▪ Witnesses recalled a clap of wood and the sight of Bailey plunging toward the ground, then his dangling body spinning hard.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Clap

Clap \Clap\, v. i.

  1. To knock, as at a door. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  2. To strike the hands together in applause.

    Their ladies bid them clap.
    --Shak.

  3. To come together suddenly with noise.

    The doors around me clapped.
    --Dryden.

  4. To enter with alacrity and briskness; -- with to or into. [Obs.] ``Shall we clap into it roundly, without . . . saying we are hoarse?''
    --Shak.

  5. To talk noisily; to chatter loudly. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

Clap

Clap \Clap\, n. [Cf. OF. clapoir.] Gonorrhea.

Clap

Clap \Clap\ (kl[a^]p), n.

  1. A loud noise made by sudden collision; a bang. ``Give the door such a clap, as you go out, as will shake the whole room.''
    --Swift.

  2. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion.

    Horrible claps of thunder.
    --Hakewill.

  3. A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow.

    What, fifty of my followers at a clap!
    --Shak.

  4. A striking of hands to express approbation.

    Unextrected claps or hisses.
    --Addison.

  5. Noisy talk; chatter. [Obs.]
    --Chaucer.

  6. (Falconry) The nether part of the beak of a hawk.

    Clap dish. See Clack dish, under Clack, n.

    Clap net, a net for taking birds, made to close or clap together.

Clap

Clap \Clap\ (kl[a^]p), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Clapped (kl[a^]pt); p. pr. & vb. n. Clapping.] [AS. clappan; akin to Icel. & Sw. klappa, D, klappen, to clap, prate, G. klaffen, v. i., to split open, yelp, klopfen, v. t. & i., to knock.]

  1. To strike; to slap; to strike, or strike together, with a quick motion, so, as to make a sharp noise; as, to clap one's hands; a clapping of wings.

    Then like a bird it sits and sings, And whets and claps its silver wings.
    --Marvell.

  2. To thrust, drive, put, or close, in a hasty or abrupt manner; -- often followed by to, into, on, or upon.

    He had just time to get in and clap to the door.
    --Locke

    Clap an extinguisher upon your irony.
    --Lamb.

  3. To manifest approbation of, by striking the hands together; to applaud; as, to clap a performance. To clap hands.

    1. To pledge faith by joining hands. [Obs.]
      --Shak.

    2. To express contempt or derision. [Obs.] --Lam. ii. 15. To clap hold of, to seize roughly or quickly. To clap up.

      1. To imprison hastily or without due formality.

      2. To make or contrive hastily. [Obs.] ``Was ever match clapped up so suddenly?''
        --Shak.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
clap

Old English clæppan "to throb, beat," common Germanic, echoic (cognate with Old Frisian klapa "to beat," Old Norse klappa, Old High German klaphon, German klappen, Old Saxon klapunga). Meaning "to strike or knock" is from c.1300. Meaning "to make a sharp noise" is late 14c. Of hands, to beat them together to get attention or express joy, from late 14c. To clap (someone) on the back is from 1520s. Related: Clapped; clapping.

clap

"loud noise," c.1200, from clap (v.). Of thunder, late 14c. Meaning "sudden blow" is from c.1400; meaning "noise made by slapping the palms of the hands together" is from 1590s.

clap

"gonorrhea," 1580s, of unknown origin, perhaps from Middle English clapper "rabbit-hole," from Old French clapoire (Modern French clapier), originally "rabbit burrow" (of uncertain origin), but given a slang extension to "brothel" and also the name of a disease of some sort. In English originally also a verb, "to infect with clap." Related: Clap-doctor.

Wiktionary
clap

Etymology 1 n. 1 The act of strike the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together. 2 The explosive sound of thunder. 3 Any loud, sudden, explosive sound made by striking hard surfaces together, or resembling such a sound. 4 A slap with the hand, usually in a jovial manner. 5 A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow. 6 (context falconry English) The nether part of the beak of a hawk. 7 (context Yorkshire English) A dropping of cow dung (presumably from the sound made as it hits the ground) Edward Peacock, ''A Glossary of Words Used in the Wapentakes of Manley and Corringham, Lincolnshire'', [http://books.google.com/books?id=c3oKAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA188&dq=clap&as_brr=1 p 188] vb. 1 To strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound. 2 To applaud. 3 To slap with the hand in a jovial manner. 4 To bring two surfaces together forcefully, creating a sharp sound. 5 To come together suddenly with noise. 6 To create or assemble (something) hastily (usually followed by ''up'' or ''together''). 7 To set or put, usually in haste. 8 (context slang AAVE English) To shoot (somebody) with a gun. Etymology 2

n. (context slang with ''"the"'' English) gonorrhe

WordNet
clap
  1. v. put quickly or forcibly; "The judge clapped him in jail"

  2. cause to strike the air in flight; "The big bird clapped its wings"

  3. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval [syn: applaud, spat, acclaim] [ant: boo]

  4. clap one's hands together; "The children were clapping to the music" [syn: spat]

  5. strike the air in flight; "the wings of the birds clapped loudly"

  6. strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting

  7. strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise; "clap two boards together"

  8. [also: clapping, clapped]

clap
  1. n. a sudden very loud noise [syn: bang, eruption, blast, loud noise]

  2. a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra [syn: gonorrhea, gonorrhoea]

  3. a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated [syn: clack]

  4. [also: clapping, clapped]

Wikipedia
CLAP

CLAP may refer to:

  • CLAP!... El lugar de tus sueños a children's television series from Mexico
  • Child Labour Programme of Action
Clap (Hostyle Gospel Single)

Clap is the second single released by Christian hip hop artist Hostyle Gospel featuring Gemstones, released on June 8, 2016. The concept encourage Christian believers to applaud through the form of clap no matter what they are facing in their lives. The groups stated that "We are given so many reasons to be defeated and hold our heads low, but it is in those times when we are at our bottom, all alone that we have to “Clap” for and encourage ourselves. Wherever we may end up, we are able to “Clap” your way through".

Usage examples of "clap".

He laughed and clapped Adda on the back, sending the old man spinning slowly like a bandaged fan.

Congress stood and clapped as she walked down the aisleway to the rostrum, though the Republicans, most of them, did so out of mere politeness, devoid of enthusiasm.

The Akkadian raft-keepers clapped and cheered, shouting encouragements, seemingly unfazed by the crossing.

Tom, clapping his chum on the back with such energy that Andy nearly toppled over.

That great shock wave had swept right around the curve of the moon until it had converged in a fresh clap of shattered ice at the antipode of the impact.

The Wart cheered, Archimedes hooted till he cried, the gore-crow fell down dead, and Hecate, on the top of her ladder, clapped so much that she nearly tumbled off.

He and Audubon and Harris clasped hands and clapped one another on the back when the gangplank went down and passengers could disembark.

Then Bardo the Just rubbed his eyes, shot Danlo a curious, admiring look, and he clapped his hands.

And from the way Wrath and Vengeance was casting sidelong looks his way, Bandar concluded that the Bololo archetype had already stood up, raised a hand and a foot, then clapped its paws together.

Despite her suffering, poor Maude, recognizing the shameless display she had just made of herself, clapped her left palm over the intimate hollow to hide it from him, and was promptly rewarded with another magisterial stroke of the rod, this one switching fiercely across the broadest, most resilient curves of both her bottomcheeks.

I tumbled down the hill, and when I got to the bottom, who should there be waiting for me but that confounded bushranger, and the moment I opened my mouth to speak, he clapped a pistol in it, and there I was hard and fast.

The one-armed man protested energetically, but Chiao Tai clapped his shoulder and they left.

Here and there, a dark-haired Cimmerian would clap his hands to his chest or his neck or his face and fall.

Sulla clapped him on the back and went straight on down the hill of the Clivus Victoriae to the spot where the alley in which his house lay branched off it.

Daish Reik had laughed and clapped Kheda on the shoulder, brushing into oblivion the pattern of both earthly and heavenly compasses that he had so painstakingly drawn in the sand to illustrate some earlier point.