There are 2 definitions of clap in English:

clap1

Syllabification: clap
Pronunciation: /klap
 
/

verb (claps, clapping, clapped)

[with object]
  • 1Strike the palms of (one’s hands) together repeatedly, typically in order to applaud: Agnes clapped her hands in glee [no object]: the crowd was clapping and cheering
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    • The crowd cheered, whistling and clapping their hands.
    • The crowd, while clapping their hands, also tapped their foot to the music, as the models pranced around showing off the jewellery.
    • The audience clapped loudly at the end of the lecture.
  • 1.1Show approval of (a person or action) by clapping.
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    • Then strolled out of the airport with my cousin who was clapping me on my performance.
    • Cars hooted approval, crowds cheered and clapped the heroes.
    • His father Gordon, a former York City star, asked the congregation to stand for a minute to applaud and clap Thomas, and ‘say thank you for knowing him’.
  • 1.2Strike the palms of (one’s hands) together once, especially as a signal: the designer clapped his hands and the other girls exited the room
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    • Anna clapped her hands together once.
    • Andy joined in at the last minute and clapped her hands together once.
    • Maybe you should clap your hands once and knock your heels together three times.
  • 1.3Slap (someone) encouragingly on the back or shoulder: as they parted, he clapped Owen on the back
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    • So very, very, quietly… Drew claps Emily on the shoulder.
    • With a crooked smile, he claps Doug on the shoulder.
    • Wyatt nodded sympathetically, clapping him on the shoulder.
  • 1.4Place (a hand) briefly against or over one’s mouth or forehead as a gesture of dismay or regret: he swore and clapped a hand to his forehead
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    • She was grabbed again from behind and this time a big, scaly, clawed hand was clapped over her mouth.
    • Another hand was clapped over his mouth, muffling the sound.
    • You clap your hand to your forehead and trot back upstairs to change into a pair of jeans.
  • 1.5(Of a bird) flap (its wings) audibly.
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    • Big sodden bales sat in the small high-hedged fresh-cut fields, a pigeon clapped in the alders and misty rain filled a steel grey sky.
    • At the sound, the birds rise from their night places; they clap their wide, black wings and settle again.
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  • 2An explosive sound, especially of thunder: a clap of thunder echoed through the valley
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    • A loud clap of thunder sounded and rain could be heard pelting against the roof.
    • ‘At the front desk we heard the explosion starting like a clap of thunder and then it kept rolling,’ she said.
    • Before the two could get on with their innocent, child-like play, however, a loud clap of thunder echoed throughout the skies, which had turned dark from a while ago.
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Phrases

clap eyes on

see eye.

clap someone in jail (or irons)

Put someone in prison (or in chains).
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  • A cynical immigration official claps James in jail upon his arrival.
  • He may as well have clapped me in irons and commenced flogging in front of the herds of law-abiding legal visitors.
  • The dissident has said he aims to run for president against 24-year incumbent, although the president clapped him in jail for a lesser act of defiance only a few years ago.

Phrasal verbs

clap something on

Abruptly impose a restrictive or punitive measure on: most countries clapped on tariffs to protect their farmers
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  • Along busy streets, bright signs for Coke, Pepsi, Citibank, Bell South, Papa John's, KFC, Marriott - even Starbucks - could vanish if Peru chose to clap tariffs on those products.

Origin

Old English clappan 'throb, beat', of imitative origin. sense 1 of the noun dates from late Middle English.

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There are 2 definitions of clap in English:

clap2

Syllabification: clap
Pronunciation: /
 
klap/

noun

(usually the clap) • informal
  • A venereal disease, especially gonorrhea.

Origin

late 16th century: from Old French clapoir 'venereal bubo'.

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