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English noun: clap

1. clap (event) a sudden very loud noise

Synonymsbam, bang, blast, eruption

Broader (hypernym)noise

Narrower (hyponym)water hammer

2. clap (state) a common venereal disease caused by the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoeae; symptoms are painful urination and pain around the urethra

Synonymsgonorrhea, gonorrhoea

Broader (hypernym)Cupid's disease, Cupid's itch, dose, sexually transmitted disease, social disease, STD, VD, venereal disease, venereal infection, Venus's curse

3. clap (event) a sharp abrupt noise as if two objects hit together; may be repeated


Broader (hypernym)noise

English verb: clap

1. clap (contact) put quickly or forcibly

SamplesThe judge clapped him in jail.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

2. clap (motion) cause to strike the air in flight

SamplesThe big bird clapped its wings.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)beat, flap

3. clap (communication) clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

Synonymsacclaim, applaud, spat

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

Narrower (hyponym)bravo

Entailapprove, O.K., okay, sanction

Antonymsboo, hiss

4. clap (body) clap one's hands together

SamplesThe children were clapping to the music.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

5. clap (motion) strike the air in flight

SamplesThe wings of the birds clapped loudly.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)beat, flap

6. clap (contact) strike with the flat of the hand; usually in a friendly way, as in encouragement or greeting

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

7. clap (contact) strike together so as to produce a sharp percussive noise

SamplesClap two boards together.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit

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