Definitions

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  • v. Present participle of clap.
  • n. The action by which someone or something claps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

Etymologies

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From clap +‎ -ing.

Examples

  • Somehow, that's regarded as parliamentary, but a bit of spontaneous clapping is regarded as a total violation of the spirit of the House.

    Achieving the Impossible

  • There was a loud clapping from the boys who were perched on the rail fence, but some of the girls were crying.

    Rainbow Valley

  • 'Oh, Plummey!' exclaimed Mr. Puffington, as his servant entered, 'I'm deuced unwell -- quite knocked up, in short,' clapping his hand on his forehead, adding, 'I shall not be able to dine downstairs to-day.'

    Mr. Sponge's Sporting Tour

  • Matthews frequently obsesses over Clinton's "clapping" -- which he describes as "Chinese."

    Archive 2008-01-01

  • Ten minutes of clapping, Obama pretends he’s made real accomplishments, lays out ambitious goals he’ll never achieve, mix in clapping, booing, and possibly the twist of some wingnut congressman shouting something in the middle of the speech, and you have Obama’s first State of the Union.

    LOST Invades Disneyland; Obama’s SOTU May Invade LOST’s Season Premiere Timeslot – Collider.com

  • At bases like Fort Bragg – the backdrop for his Tuesday night speech on Iraq – the clapping is often interspersed with calls of “Hoo-ah,” the military’s all-purpose, spirited response to, well, almost anything.

    Balloon Juice » 2005 » June

  • Plainclothes police officers have detained nearly 2,000 people since the so-called clapping protests began in June, in many cases because they were seen clapping or standing near people who were.

    NYT > Home Page

  • That quiet before the clapping is the sound of Oregon's governor Ted Kulongoski turning on the engine of a Nissan LEAF and driving away.

    OPB News

  • We weren't sure at first if it was a cotillion or a convention ... a sea of old white women and men in suits and ties, occassionally very politely clapping, that is about all we witnessed.

    Dave Chandler's Earthside.com

  • Keeping the BookClub post at the top of the page seems a messy idea; I agree it would give a false impression of the site, and it would also put a lot of pressure on the BookClub to perform like some kind of clapping seal puppy.

    Clusterflock Book Club | clusterflock

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