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.

Primary Meanings of clap

1.
vn
clap one's hands together
a sudden very loud noise
2.
v
strike the air in flight
3.
n
a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
Full Definitions of clap
1

v clap one's hands together

“The children were clapping to the music”
Synonyms:
spat
Type of:
gesticulate, gesture, motion
show, express or direct through movement

v clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

Synonyms:
acclaim, applaud, spat
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

v strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting

Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

v strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

clap two boards together”
Type of:
hit
cause to move by striking

v put quickly or forcibly

“The judge clapped him in jail”
Type of:
lay, place, pose, position, put, set
put into a certain place or abstract location

n a sudden very loud noise

Synonyms:
bam, bang, blast, eruption
Types:
water hammer
the banging sound of steam in pipes
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)

n a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated

Synonyms:
clack
Type of:
noise
sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound)
2

v strike the air in flight

“the wings of the birds clapped loudly”
Type of:
beat, flap
move with a flapping motion

v cause to strike the air in flight

“The big bird clapped its wings”
Type of:
beat, flap
move with a thrashing motion
3

n a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra

Synonyms:
gonorrhea, gonorrhoea
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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