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clapper

Syllabification: clap·per
Pronunciation: /ˈklapər
 
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Definition of clapper in English:

noun

The free-swinging metal piece inside a bell that is made to strike the bell to produce the sound.
Example sentences
  • These aren't actual bells, with actual metal clappers, like the ones I remember from my days in Wisconsin.
  • Before the advent of batteries or electricity bell pushes were always dome shaped and had a clockwork mechanism that activated a clapper, which struck the inside of the dome.
  • Small cast bells that never had a clapper fitted inside were possibly worn to help to ‘announce’ the presence of the wearer.

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