To clap means to hit the palms of the hands together to make a loud sound.(verb)
An example of clap is what an audience does to respond to a band singing a power ballad.
The definition of a clap is the sound made when you hit your hands together, or a sharp sound.(noun)
The clap is defined as a slang term for Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease.(noun)
An example of the clap is what you might get tested for at a STD clinic.
See clap in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME clappen < OE clæppan, to throb, beat; akin to ON klapp, OHG klapf, clap, crack: orig. echoic
Origin: < ME claper, brothel, orig. rabbit burrow < OFr clapier
See clap in American Heritage Dictionary 4
verb clapped clapped, clap·ping, claps verb, intransitive
Origin: Middle English clappen
Origin: , from Old English clǽppan, clappian, to throb,
Origin: and from Old Norse klappa, to clap, pat.
Origin: Probably from obsolete French clapoir, bubo
Origin: , from Old French clapier, brothel
Origin: , from Old Provençal, rabbit warren
Origin: , from clap, heap of stones
Origin: , perhaps of Celtic origin.
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