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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Clap  \Clap\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Clapped};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Clapping}.]  [AS.  clappan  akin  to  Icel.  &  Sw  klappa,  D, 
  klappen  to  clap,  prate,  G.  klaffen  v.  i.,  to  split  open 
  yelp,  klopfen  v.  t.  &  i.,  to  knock.] 
  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  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. 
 
  3.  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  To  express  contempt  or  derision.  [Obs.]  --Lam.  ii  15. 
 
  {To  clap  hold  of},  to  seize  roughly  or  quickly. 
 
  {To  clap  up}. 
  a  To  imprison  hastily  or  without  due  formality. 
  b  To  make  or  contrive  hastily.  [Obs.]  ``Was  ever  match 
  clapped  up  so  suddenly?''  --Shak. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  clapping 
  n  :  a  demonstration  of  approval  by  clapping  the  hands  together 
  [syn:  {applause},  {hand  clapping}] 




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