from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb obsolete Variant of clasp

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  • noun Plural form of clap.


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  • Of course, the standard of comedy is measured by the number of laughs you recieve, not the number of claps, which is why I maintain that the Daily Show is anti-funny.

    "You don't think my fat ass makes my fat ass look fat, do ya?"

  • This latter did not sound in ordinary explosions, or "claps," but traveled in rapidly repeated echoes across the skies.

    On a Torn-Away World Or, the Captives of the Great Earthquake

  • All three kids like to play "guess the animal" at dinner -- someone thinks of an animal, tells the table the first letter in its name, and then offers hints (where does it live, how many "claps" are there in the name, etc) if no one can guess the animal.

    Raising WEG

  • A middle-aged woman in a red suit adorned with a plastic button proclaiming “Jesus Loves Me!” offers a twenty-page service bulletin with a glossy purple and gold cover, and greets her fellow church members with a shouted “Welcome!” as she sways and claps to the music.

    American Grace

  • Some seventy men rise to their feet, amid claps and cheers from the congregation.

    American Grace

  • Three claps and a decree for silence, Tobin snuffles badger-like in the back.

    schoolyard soccer

  • I did the first jumping pass through their slow, rhythmic claps . . . good.

    Welcome to My World

  • Caroline Spelman's keynote speech as environment secretary got its biggest claps for pledges to protect rural services (her beat) and declaring she had cut more than one-third of the 90 quangos she inherited.

    Have the Conservatives gone from green to blue?

  • A hunched-over old lady claps quesadillas between the palms of her hand, so I knew there is beer for sale inside the archway behind her.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • Everyone claps and cheers, and gives their congratulations.

    Deep Throat Diva


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  • It is also 3rd person singular of the verb 'to clap'.

    August 28, 2011