What does clap mean?

Definitions for clap

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word clap.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bang, clap, eruption, blast, bamnoun

    a sudden very loud noise

  2. gonorrhea, gonorrhoea, clapnoun

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

  3. clack, clapverb

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

  4. clapverb

    put quickly or forcibly

    "The judge clapped him in jail"

  5. clapverb

    cause to strike the air in flight

    "The big bird clapped its wings"

  6. applaud, clap, spat, acclaimverb

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

  7. clap, spatverb

    clap one's hands together

    "The children were clapping to the music"

  8. clapverb

    strike the air in flight

    "the wings of the birds clapped loudly"

  9. clapverb

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

  10. clapverb

    strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

    "clap two boards together"


  1. clapnoun

    The act of striking the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together.

    He summoned the waiter with a clap.

  2. clapnoun

    The explosive sound of thunder.

  3. clap

    Any loud, sudden, explosive sound made by striking hard surfaces together, or resembling such a sound.

  4. clap

    A slap with the hand, usually in a jovial manner.

    His father's affection never went further than a handshake or a clap on the shoulder.

  5. clapverb

    To strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound.

    The children began to clap in time with the music.

  6. clapverb

    To applaud.

  7. clap

    To slap with the hand in a jovial manner.

    He would often clap his teammates on the back for encouragement.

  8. clap

    To bring two surfaces together forcefully, creating a sharp sound.

  9. clap

    To create or assemble (something) hastily (usually followed by up or together).

  10. clap

    To set or put, usually in haste.

  11. clapnoun


  12. clapnoun

    (Yorkshire dialect) A dropping of cow dung (presumably from the sound made as it hits the ground)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Clapnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Give the door such a clap as you go out, as will shake the whole room, and make every thing rattle in it. Jonathan Swift.

    It is monstrous to me, that the South-sea should pay half their debts at one clap. Jonathan Swift, Letters.

    There shall be horrible claps of thunder, and flashes of lightning, voices and earthquakes. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    The clap is past, and now the skies are clear. John Dryden, Juv.

    The actors, in the midst of an innocent old play, are often startled in the midst of unexpected claps or hisses. Addison.

    Time, that at last matures a clap to pox. Alexander Pope, Sat.

  2. To CLAPverb

    Etymology: clappan, Sax. klappen, Dutch.

    Following the fliers,
    With them he enters; who, upon the sudden,
    Clapt to their gates. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Men shall clap their hands at him, and shall hiss him out of his place. Job, xxvii. 23.

    Have you never seen a citizen, in a cold morning, clapping his sides, and walking before his shop? John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    He crowing clapp’d his wings, th’ appointed call
    To chuck his wives together in the hall. John Dryden, Fables.

    Each poet of the air her glory sings,
    And round him the pleas’d audience clap their wings. Dryd.

    He had just time to get in and clap to the door, to avoid the blow. John Locke, on Education.

    In flow’ry wreaths the royal virgin drest
    His bending horns, and kindly clapt his breast. Addison.

    Glad of a quarrel, straight I clap the door,
    Sir, let me see your works and you no more. Alexander Pope, Epistles.

    As summer weareth out, they clap mouth to mouth, wing to wing, and leg to leg; and so, after a sweet singing, fall down into lakes. Richard Carew, Survey of Cornwall.

    This pink is one of Cupid’s carriers: clap on more sails; pursue. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    Smooth temptations, like the sun, make a maiden lay by her veil and robe; which persecution, like the northern wind, made her hold fast, and clap close about her. Taylor.

    If a man be highly commended, we think him sufficiently lessened, if we clap sin, or folly, or infirmity into his account. Jeremy Taylor, Rule of living holy.

    Razor-makers generally clap a small bar of Venice steel between two small bars of Flemish steel. Joseph Moxon, Mech. Exer.

    The man clapt his fingers one day to his mouth, and blew upon them. Roger L'Estrange.

    His shield thrown by, to mitigate the smart,
    He clapp’d his hand upon the wounded part. John Dryden, Æneid.

    If you leave some space empty for the air, then clap your hand upon the mouth of the vessel, and the fishes will contend to get uppermost in the water. John Ray, on the Creation.

    It would be as absurd as to say, he clapped spurs to his horse at St. James’s, and galloped away to the Hague. Addison.

    By having their minds yet in their perfect freedom and indifferency, the likelier to pursue truth the better, having no biass yet clapped on to mislead them. John Locke.

    I have observed a certain chearfulness in as bad a system of features as ever was clapped together, which hath appeared lovely. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 86.

    Let all her ways be unconfin’d,
    And clap your padlock on her mind. Matthew Prior.

    Socrates or Alexander might have a fool’s coat clapt upon them, and perhaps neither wisdom nor majesty would secure them from a sneer. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

    We were dead asleep,
    And, how we know not, all clapt under hatches. William Shakespeare.

    He was no sooner entered into the town, but a scambling soldier clapt hold of his bridle, which he thought was in a begging or in a drunken fashion. Henry Wotton, Life of Duke of Buck.

    So much from the rest of his countrymen, and indeed from his whole species, that his friends would have clapped him into bedlam, and have begged his estate. Spectator, №. 576.

    Have you observ’d a sitting hare,
    List’ning and fearful of the storm
    Of horns and hounds, clap back her ear. Matthew Prior.

    We will take our remedy at law, and clap an action upon you for old debts. John Arbuthnot, History of John Bull.

    I have often heard the stationer wishing for those hands to take off his melancholy bargain, which clapped its performance on the stage. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar. Dedication to.

    If the patient hath been formerly clapt, it will be the more difficult to cure him the second time, and worse the third. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.

    Let men and manners ev’ry dish adapt;
    Who’d force his pepper where his guests are clapt? King.

    No longer than we well could wash our hands,
    To clap this royal bargain up of peace. William Shakespeare, King John.

    Was ever match clapt up so suddenly? William Shakespeare.

    A peace may be clapped up with that suddenness, that the forces, which are now in motion, may unexpectedly fall upon his skirts. James Howell, Vocal Forest.

  3. To Clapverb

    Every door flew open
    T’ admit my entrance; and then clapt behind me,
    To bar my going back. John Dryden, Cleomenes.

    A whirlwind rose, that, with a violent blast,
    Shook all the dome: the doors around me clapt. Dryden.

    Come, a song. ————
    —— Shall we clap into’t roundly, without saying we are hoarse? William Shakespeare, As you like it.

    All the best men are ours; for ’tis ill hap
    If they hold, when their ladies bid ’em clap. Epilogue to Henry VIII.


  1. clap

    Clap is a verb which means to quickly bring together and release one's hands to make a sound, often as a signal of applause, enjoyment or approval. As a noun, clap refers to the act of clapping or the sound produced by it.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Clapverb

    to strike; to slap; to strike, or strike together, with a quick motion, so, as to make a sharp noise; as, to clap one's hands; a clapping of wings

  2. Clapverb

    to thrust, drive, put, or close, in a hasty or abrupt manner; -- often followed by to, into, on, or upon

  3. Clapverb

    to manifest approbation of, by striking the hands together; to applaud; as, to clap a performance

  4. Clapverb

    to express contempt or derision

  5. Clapverb

    to knock, as at a door

  6. Clapverb

    to strike the hands together in applause

  7. Clapverb

    to come together suddenly with noise

  8. Clapverb

    to enter with alacrity and briskness; -- with to or into

  9. Clapverb

    to talk noisily; to chatter loudly

  10. Clapnoun

    a loud noise made by sudden collision; a bang

  11. Clapnoun

    a burst of sound; a sudden explosion

  12. Clapnoun

    a single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow

  13. Clapnoun

    a striking of hands to express approbation

  14. Clapnoun

    noisy talk; chatter

  15. Clapnoun

    the nether part of the beak of a hawk

  16. Clapnoun


  17. Etymology: [Cf. OF. clapoir.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clap

    klap, n. the noise made by the sudden striking together of two things, as the hands: a burst of sound: a slap.—v.t. to strike together so as to make a noise: to thrust or drive together suddenly: to fasten promptly: to pat with the hand in a friendly manner: to applaud with the hands: to bang: to imprison—e.g. 'to clap one in prison.'—v.i. to strike the hands together: to strike together with noise: to applaud:—pr.p. clap′ping; pa.p. clapped.—ns. Clap′-board, a thin board used in covering wooden houses; Clap′-bread, a kind of hard-baked oatmeal cake; Clap′-dish (same as Clack-dish); Clap′-net, a kind of net which is made to clap together suddenly by pulling a string; Clap′per, one who claps: that which claps, as the tongue of a bell: a glib tongue.—v.t. Clap′per-claw, to claw or scratch: (Shak.) to scold.—ns. Clap′ping, noise of striking: applause; Clap′-sill, the bottom part of the frame on which lock-gates shut—called also Lock-sill; Clap′trap (Shak.), a trick to gain applause: flashy display: empty words; Claptrap′pery.—adj. Claptrap′pish.—Clap eyes on, to see; Clap hands (Shak.), to make an agreement; Clap hold of, to seize roughly; Clap up (Shak.), to conclude suddenly. [Ice. klappa, to pat; Dut. and Ger. klappen.]

  2. Clap

    klap, n. gonorrhea. [Cf. Dut. klapoor.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of clap in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of clap in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of clap in a Sentence

  1. The CDC:

    Stomp, clap, or bring hand-held noisemakers instead.

  2. Pooja Mehra:

    A huge treasure has been taken away. I think our current leader is actually making an effort to get it back to India. I will be the first one to clap and rise and celebrate.

  3. Guy Clark:

    I've gone a year and not written a song just because I couldn't think of anything. But I always come back to it because there's always that little buzz you get when you do something well and sing it out loud to the public. And people clap and tell you how great you are.

  4. Meredith Sullivan:

    We really had no warning. The sky just went really black and we had this massive clap of thunder, then the gusts of winds were just horrific, you could hear the roof starting to lift and debris was starting to fly around. All the cars were pretty much destroyed.

  5. Senate President Bukola Saraki:

    It is in times like this, when we are challenged from all sides that we need to develop new relationships and cultivate more friends. No one can clap with one hand and expect to be heard. This is the time when compromise, engagement is the tool necessary for successful collaboration and cooperation.

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Translations for clap

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  • صفقArabic
  • аплодирам, трипер, пляскане, хлопване, ръкопляскам, хлопвам, скалъпвам, тряскам, трясък, ръкопляскане, пляскамBulgarian
  • aplaudiment, fer mans balletes, aplaudirCatalan, Valencian
  • tleskatCzech
  • applaudieren, zusammenbasteln, klatschen, Tripper, Schlag, Knall, knallen, improvisierenGerman
  • χειροκροτώGreek
  • aplaudirSpanish
  • tippuri, taputtaaFinnish
  • chtouille, chaude-pisse, applaudirFrench
  • מחא כפייםHebrew
  • ताली बजानाHindi
  • tapsolHungarian
  • applaudireItalian
  • 拍手, 手を叩くJapanese
  • چه‌پڵه‌ لێدانKurdish
  • klappen, druiper, applaudisserenDutch
  • dryppertNorwegian
  • klask, klaskaćPolish
  • aplaudir, palma, bater palmas, estouroPortuguese
  • гонорея, хлопать, рукоплескание, аплодировать, хлопнуть, хлопокRussian
  • కరతాళముTelugu
  • şakTurkish

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    established or prearranged unalterably
    • A. incumbent
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