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CLAP (clapped, clapping)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does clap mean? 

CLAP (noun)
  The noun CLAP has 3 senses:

1. a sudden very loud noise
2. a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra
3. a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated

  Familiarity information: CLAP used as a noun is uncommon.


CLAP (verb)
  The verb CLAP has 7 senses:

1. put quickly or forcibly
2. cause to strike the air in flight
3. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval
4. clap one's hands together
5. strike the air in flight
6. strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting
7. strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

  Familiarity information: CLAP used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


CLAP (noun)


Sense 1clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden very loud noise

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

clap; bam; bang; blast; eruption

Hypernyms ("clap" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "clap"):

water hammer (the banging sound of steam in pipes)


Sense 2clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

gonorrhea; gonorrhoea; clap

Hypernyms ("clap" is a kind of...):

Cupid's disease; Cupid's itch; dose; sexually transmitted disease; social disease; VD; venereal disease; venereal infection; Venus's curse (a communicable infection transmitted by sexual intercourse or genital contact)


Sense 3clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

clack; clap

Hypernyms ("clap" is a kind of...):

noise (sound of any kind (especially unintelligible or dissonant sound))


CLAP (verb)


Sense 1clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Put quickly or forcibly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The judge clapped him in jail

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

lay; place; pose; position; put; set (put into a certain place or abstract location)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 2clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to strike the air in flight

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

The big bird clapped its wings

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

beat; flap (move with a thrashing motion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 3clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

applaud; acclaim; clap; spat

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

"Clap" entails doing...:

approve; O.K.; okay; sanction (give sanction to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "clap"):

bravo (applaud with shouts of 'bravo' or 'brava')

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 4clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Clap one's hands together

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

clap; spat

Context example:

The children were clapping to the music

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

gesticulate; gesture; motion (show, express or direct through movement)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s


Sense 5clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strike the air in flight

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Context example:

the wings of the birds clapped loudly

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

beat; flap (move with a flapping motion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 6clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

hit (deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 7clap [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

clap two boards together

Hypernyms (to "clap" is one way to...):

hit (cause to move by striking)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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