clap

To clap is to strike your hands together. After an awesome play, an audience will clap and maybe even stand up and hoot. A clap is also any loud or sharp noise or collision, like a clap of thunder.

After you see a performance, it's polite to clap — smack your hands together quickly and repeatedly. To clap also means to put something down quickly and with force, like if you clap a plate on a table. Any sharp, loud sound is a clap, like a clap caused by an explosion. Clapping two objects together quickly will cause a clap. All types of claps and clapping involve sharp movements and loud sounds.

Definitions of clap
  1. verb
    clap one's hands together
    “The children were clapping to the music”
    synonyms: spat
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    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express or direct through movement
  2. verb
    clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
    synonyms: acclaim, applaud, spat
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    Antonyms:
    boo, hiss
    show displeasure, as after a performance or speech
    types:
    bravo
    applaud with shouts of `bravo' or `brava'
    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express or direct through movement
  3. verb
    strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
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    type of:
    hit
    deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument
  4. verb
    strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise
    clap two boards together”
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    type of:
    hit
    cause to move by striking
  5. verb
    put quickly or forcibly
    “The judge clapped him in jail”
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    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  6. noun
    a sudden very loud noise
    synonyms: bam, bang, blast, eruption
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    types:
    water hammer
    the banging sound of steam in pipes
    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  7. noun
    a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated
    synonyms: clack
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    type of:
    noise
    sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
  8. verb
    strike the air in flight
    “the wings of the birds clapped loudly”
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    type of:
    beat, flap
    move with a flapping motion
  9. verb
    cause to strike the air in flight
    “The big bird clapped its wings”
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    type of:
    beat, flap
    move with a thrashing motion
  10. noun
    a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
    synonyms: gonorrhea, gonorrhoea
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    type of:
    Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, STD, VD, Venus's curse, dose, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, venereal disease, venereal infection
    a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact
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