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CLAP, v.t.

1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision; to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface; as, to clap the hands; to clap the wings.

2. To thrust or drive together; to shut hastily; followed by to; as, to clap to the door or gate.

3. To thrust or drive together; to put one thing to another by a hasty or sudden motion; followed by to, on or in; as, to clap the hand to the mouth; to clap spurs to a horse; to clap on a saddle.

4. To thrust; to put, place or send; followed by in, into, under, over, &c.; as, to clap one under the hatches; to clap one into Bedlam; to clap a board over a pit.

5. To applaud; to manifest approbation or praise by striking the hands together; as, to clap a performance on the stage.

6. To infect with venereal poison.

To clap up, to make or complete hastily; as, to clap up a peace.

To imprison hastily, or with little delay.

CLAP, v.i.

1. To move or drive together suddenly with noise.

The doors around me clapt.

2. To enter on with alacrity and briskness; to drive or thrust on; as we say to reapers or mowers, clap in, or clap to, that is, enter on the work, begin without delay, begin briskly.

3. To strike the hands together in applause.

Bid them clap.

CLAP, n.

1. A driving together; a thrust and collision of bodies with noise, usually bodies with broad surfaces.

Give the door a clap.

2. A sudden act or motion; a thrust.

Pay all debts at one clap.

3. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion; as a clap of thunder.

4. An act of applause; a striking of hands to express approbation.

5. A venereal infection.

6. With falconers, the nether part of the beak of a hawk.



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CLAP, v.t.

1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision; to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface; as, to clap the hands; to clap the wings.

2. To thrust or drive together; to shut hastily; followed by to; as, to clap to the door or gate.

3. To thrust or drive together; to put one thing to another by a hasty or sudden motion; followed by to, on or in; as, to clap the hand to the mouth; to clap spurs to a horse; to clap on a saddle.

4. To thrust; to put, place or send; followed by in, into, under, over, &c.; as, to clap one under the hatches; to clap one into Bedlam; to clap a board over a pit.

5. To applaud; to manifest approbation or praise by striking the hands together; as, to clap a performance on the stage.

6. To infect with venereal poison.

To clap up, to make or complete hastily; as, to clap up a peace.

To imprison hastily, or with little delay.

CLAP, v.i.

1. To move or drive together suddenly with noise.

The doors around me clapt.

2. To enter on with alacrity and briskness; to drive or thrust on; as we say to reapers or mowers, clap in, or clap to, that is, enter on the work, begin without delay, begin briskly.

3. To strike the hands together in applause.

Bid them clap.

CLAP, n.

1. A driving together; a thrust and collision of bodies with noise, usually bodies with broad surfaces.

Give the door a clap.

2. A sudden act or motion; a thrust.

Pay all debts at one clap.

3. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion; as a clap of thunder.

4. An act of applause; a striking of hands to express approbation.

5. A venereal infection.

6. With falconers, the nether part of the beak of a hawk.

CLAP, n.

  1. A driving together; a thrust and collision of bodies with noise, usually bodies with broad surfaces. Give the door a clap. – Swift.
  2. A sudden act or motion; a thrust. Pay all debts at one clap. – Swift.
  3. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion; as, a clap of thunder.
  4. An act of applause; a striking of hands to express approbation. – Addison.
  5. A veneral infection. [Fr. clapoir; D. klapoor.] – Pope.
  6. With falconers, the nether part of the beak of a hawk. – Bailey.

CLAP, v.i.

  1. To move or drive together suddenly with noise. The doors around me clapt. – Dryden.
  2. To enter on with alacrity and briskness; to drive or thrust on; as we say to reapers or mowers, clap in, or clap to, that is, enter on the work, begin without delay, begin briskly.
  3. To strike the hands together in applause. Bid them clap. – Shak.

CLAP, v.t. [pret. and pp. clapped or clapt. D. klappen, kloppen; Dan. klapper; Sw. klappa; G. klappen or klaffen; Russ. kleplyu. The Dutch and German words signify to clap or strike, and to talk, clatter, prate. Sax. cleopian or clypian, to call, to speak, whence ycleped (obs.), W. clepian, to clack, to babble, from llep, a lapping, llepiaw, to lap, to lick. The sense is to send, drive or strike, L. alapa, a slap.]

  1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision; to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface; as, to clap the hands; to clap the wings. – Locke. Dryden.
  2. To thrust; to drive together; to shut hastily; followed by to; as, to clap to the door or gate. – Locke. Shak.
  3. To thrust or drive together; to put one thing to another by a hasty or sudden motion; followed by to, on or in; as, to clap the hand to the mouth; to clap spurs to a horse; to clap on a saddle. – Watts. Addison. Dryden.
  4. To thrust; to put, place or send; followed by in, into, under, over, &c.; as, to clap one under the hatches; to clap one into Bedlam; to clap a board over a pit. – Shak. Spectator.
  5. To applaud; to manifest approbation or praise by striking the hands together; as, to clap a performance on the stage.
  6. To infect with venereal poison. – Wiseman. To clap up, to make or complete hastily; as, to clap up a peace. – Shak. Howel. #2. To imprison hastily, or with little delay. – Sandys.

Clap
  1. 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.

    Then like a bird it sits and sings,
    And whets and claps its silver wings.
    Marvell.

  2. To knock, as at a door.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  3. A loud noise made by sudden collision; a bang.

    "Give the door such a clap, as you go out, as will shake the whole room." Swift.
  4. Gonorrhea.
  5. To thrust, drive, put, or close, in a hasty or abrupt manner; -- often followed by to, into, on, or upon.

    He had just time to get in and clap to the door.
    Locke

    Clap an extinguaisher upon your irony.
    Lamb.

  6. To strike the hands together in applause.

    Their ladies bid them clap.
    Shak.

  7. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion.

    Horrible claps of thunder.
    Hakewill.

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

    To clap hands. (a) To pledge faith by joining hands. [Obs.] Shak. (b)

  9. To come together suddenly with noise.

    The doors around me clapped.
    Dryden.

  10. A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow.

    What, fifty of my followers at a clap!
    Shak.

  11. To enter with alacrity and briskness; -- with to or into.

    [Obs.] "Shall we clap into it roundly, without . . . saying we are hoarse?" Shak.
  12. A striking of hands to express approbation.

    Unextrected claps or hisses.
    Addison.

  13. To talk noisily; to chatter loudly.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

  14. Noisy talk; chatter.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.
  15. The nether part of the beak of a hawk.

    Clap dish. See Clack dish, under Clack, n. -- Clap net, a net for taking birds, made to close or clap together.

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Clap

CLAP, verb transitive

1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision; to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface; as, to clap the hands; to clap the wings.

2. To thrust or drive together; to shut hastily; followed by to; as, to clap to the door or gate.

3. To thrust or drive together; to put one thing to another by a hasty or sudden motion; followed by to, on or in; as, to clap the hand to the mouth; to clap spurs to a horse; to clap on a saddle.

4. To thrust; to put, place or send; followed by in, into, under, over, etc.; as, to clap one under the hatches; to clap one into Bedlam; to clap a board over a pit.

5. To applaud; to manifest approbation or praise by striking the hands together; as, to clap a performance on the stage.

6. To infect with venereal poison.

To clap up, to make or complete hastily; as, to clap up a peace.

To imprison hastily, or with little delay.

CLAP, verb intransitive

1. To move or drive together suddenly with noise.

The doors around me clapt.

2. To enter on with alacrity and briskness; to drive or thrust on; as we say to reapers or mowers, clap in, or clap to, that is, enter on the work, begin without delay, begin briskly.

3. To strike the hands together in applause.

Bid them clap

CLAP, noun

1. A driving together; a thrust and collision of bodies with noise, usually bodies with broad surfaces.

Give the door a clap

2. A sudden act or motion; a thrust.

Pay all debts at one clap

3. A burst of sound; a sudden explosion; as a clap of thunder.

4. An act of applause; a striking of hands to express approbation.

5. A venereal infection.

6. With falconers, the nether part of the beak of a hawk.

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