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applause

After a theatrical performance, audience members typically use applause, or hand-clapping, to express their approval. (Of course, sometimes applause just means the audience is glad it’s time to go home.)

Back in ancient Rome, actors requested applause from the audience by declaring “Plaudite!” This fact sheds light on the origin of applause — and it definitively proves that performers have been seeking approval from audiences for millennia. Oddly enough, however, it’s considered inappropriate to applaud between the movements of a piece of classical music, regardless of how much you enjoyed the performance. Some concertgoers choose to defy this rule, in spite of the nasty looks they get from neighbors.

Definitions of applause
  1. noun
    a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
    synonyms: clapping, hand clapping
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    types:
    hand
    a round of applause to signify approval
    handclap
    a clap of the hands to indicate approval
    round
    an outburst of applause
    type of:
    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
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