Clap meaning

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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.

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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.

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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.

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To strike the palms of the hands together with a sudden explosive sound, as in applauding.
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To come together suddenly with a sharp sound.
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To strike together with a sharp sound, as one hard surface on another.

Clapped a book on the desk.

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To strike (the hands) together with an abrupt, loud sound, usually repeatedly.

Clapped hands in time to the music.

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To strike lightly but firmly with the open hand, as in greeting.

Clapped me on the shoulder.

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To put or place quickly and firmly.

Clapped the purse snatcher in jail; clapped a lid on the box.

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To arrange hastily.

Clapped together a plan.

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The act or sound of clapping the hands.
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A sudden, loud, explosive sound.

A clap of thunder.

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A sharp blow with the open hand; a slap.
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A sudden stroke of fortune, especially of bad luck.
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Gonorrhea. Often used with the.
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To make a sudden, explosive sound, as of two flat surfaces being struck together.
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To strike the palms of the hands together, as in applauding.
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To strike together briskly and loudly.
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To applaud by clapping the hands.
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To strike with an open hand, as in hearty greeting or encouragement.
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To put, move, set, etc. swiftly.

Clapped into jail.

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To put together or contrive hastily.

To clap together a makeshift stage.

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A sudden, explosive sound, as of clapping.

A clap of thunder.

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The act of striking the hands together, as in applauding.
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A sharp slap, as in hearty greeting.
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Gonorrhea.
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Gonorrhea. Often used with the.
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clap eyes on
  • To catch sight of; see.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of clap

  • 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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English clappen from Old English clæppan, clappian to throb, and from Old Norse klappa to clap, pat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition