- The definition of a clap is the sound made when you hit your hands together, or a sharp sound.
- An example of a clap is the sound made when someone applauds a performance.
- An example of a clap is a loud sound of thunder during a storm.
- The clap is defined as a slang term for Gonorrhea, a sexually transmitted disease.
An example of the clap is what you might get tested for at a STD clinic.
- To clap means to hit the palms of the hands together to make a loud sound.
An example of clap is what an audience does to respond to a band singing a power ballad.
Two people about to clap their hands together.
clap definition by Webster's New World
- to make a sudden, explosive sound, as of two flat surfaces being struck together
- to strike the palms of the hands together, as in applauding
Origin: Middle English clappen ; from Old English clæppan, to throb, beat; akin to Old Norse klapp, Old High German klapf, clap, crack: origin, originally echoic
- to strike together briskly and loudly
- Rare to applaud by clapping the hands
- to strike with an open hand, as in hearty greeting or encouragement
- to put, move, set, etc. swiftly: clapped into jail
- to put together or contrive hastily: to clap together a makeshift stage
- a sudden, explosive sound, as of clapping: a clap of thunder
- the act of striking the hands together, as in applauding
- a sharp slap, as in hearty greeting
Origin: ; from Middle English claper, brothel, origin, originally rabbit burrow ; from Old French clapier
clap definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb clapped clapped, clap·ping, claps verb, intransitive
- To strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound, as in applauding.
- To come together suddenly with a sharp sound.
- To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another: clapped a book on the desk.
- To strike (the hands) together with an abrupt, loud sound, usually repeatedly: clapped hands in time to the music.
- To strike lightly but firmly with the open hand, as in greeting: clapped me on the shoulder.
- To put or place quickly and firmly: clapped the purse snatcher in jail; clapped a lid on the box.
- To arrange hastily: clapped together a plan.
- The act or sound of clapping the hands.
- A sudden, loud, explosive sound: a clap of thunder.
- A sharp blow with the open hand; a slap.
- Obsolete A sudden stroke of fortune, especially of bad luck.
Origin: Middle English clappen, from Old English clǽppan, clappian, to throb, and from Old Norse klappa, to clap, pat.
noun Vulgar Slang
Origin: Probably from obsolete French clapoir, bubo, from Old French clapier, brothel, from Old Provençal, rabbit warren, from clap, heap of stones, perhaps of Celtic origin.
clap - Medical Definition
clap - Phrases/Idioms
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