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King James Dictionary [1]


1. To strike with a quick motion, so as to make a noise by the collision to strike with something broad, or having a flat surface as, to clap the hands to clap the wings. 2. To thrust or drive together to shut hastily followed by to as, to clap to the door or gate. 3. To thrust or drive together to put one thing to another by a hasty or sudden motion followed by to, on or in as, to clap the hand to the mouth to clap spurs to a horse to clap on a saddle. 4. To thrust to put, place or send followed by in, into, under, over, &c. as, to clap one under the hatches to clap one into Bedlam to clap a board over a pit. 5. To applaud to manifest approbation or praise by striking the hands together as, to clap a performance on the stage. 6. To infect with venereal poison.

To clap up, to make or complete hastily as, to clap up a peace.

To imprison hastily, or with little delay.


1. To move or drive together suddenly with noise.

The doors around me clapt.

2. To enter on with alacrity and briskness to drive or thrust on as we say to reapers or mowers, clap in, or clap to, that is, enter on the work, begin without delay, begin briskly. 3. To strike the hands together in applause.

Bid them clap.

CLAP, n.

1. A driving together a thrust and collision of bodies with noise, usually bodies with broad surfaces.

Give the door a clap.

2. A sudden act or motion a thrust.

Pay all debts at one clap.

3. A burst of sound a sudden explosion as a clap of thunder. 4. An act of applause a striking of hands to express approbation. 5. A venereal infection. 6. With falconers, the nether part of the beak of a hawk.

Webster's Dictionary [2]

(1): (v. t.) To strike; to slap; to strike, or strike together, with a quick motion, so, as to make a sharp noise; as, to clap one's hands; a clapping of wings.

(2): (v. i.) To talk noisily; to chatter loudly.

(3): (v. i.) To knock, as at a door.

(4): (n.) A loud noise made by sudden collision; a bang.

(5): (v. t.) To express contempt or derision.

(6): (n.) A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow.

(7): (n.) A striking of hands to express approbation.

(8): (n.) Noisy talk; chatter.

(9): (n.) The nether part of the beak of a hawk.

(10): (n.) Gonorrhea.

(11): (n.) A burst of sound; a sudden explosion.

(12): (v. i.) To enter with alacrity and briskness; - with to or into.

(13): (v. i.) To strike the hands together in applause.

(14): (v. i.) To come together suddenly with noise.

(15): (v. t.) To manifest approbation of, by striking the hands together; to applaud; as, to clap a performance.

(16): (v. t.) To thrust, drive, put, or close, in a hasty or abrupt manner; - often followed by to, into, on, or upon.

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types [3]

 Psalm 98:8 (b) This is an expression used to describe the joy that shall fill the whole earth when Christ rules and reigns. (See also  Isaiah 55:12).

 Lamentations 2:15 (b) It is used to express utter disgust, contempt and hatred. (See also  Ezekiel 25:6).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia [4]

An emphatic expression of joy, "They clapped their hands ( nākhāh ), and said, Long live (the King James Version "God save") the king" ( 2 Kings 11:12 ); "Oh clap your hands ( tāḳa‛ ), all ye peoples" ( Psalm 47:1 ); or exultation ( ṣāphaḳ ,  Lamentations 2:15; māḥā ),  Ezekiel 25:6; tāḳa‛ ,  Nahum 3:19 ); or repudiation ( ṣāphaḳ ,  Job 27:23;  Job 34:37 ).

Figurative: māḥā'  Psalm 98:8 Isaiah 55:12 Judges 5:20