Clap vs Claps - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between clap and claps
is that clap
is the act of striking the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together or clap
can be gonorrhea while claps
As a verb clap
is to strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
From (etyl) .
The act of striking the palms of the hands, or any two surfaces, together.
The explosive sound of thunder.
* Episode 12, The Cyclops
- He summoned the waiter with a clap .
Any loud, sudden, explosive sound made by striking hard surfaces together, or resembling such a sound.
- The deafening claps of thunder and the dazzling flashes of lightning which lit up the ghastly scene testified that the artillery of heaven had lent its supernatural pomp to the already gruesome spectacle.
* Jonathan Swift
- Off in the distance, he heard the clap of thunder.
A slap with the hand, usually in a jovial manner.
- Give the door such a clap , as you go out, as will shake the whole room.
A single, sudden act or motion; a stroke; a blow.
- His father's affection never went further than a handshake or a clap on the shoulder.
(falconry) The nether part of the beak of a hawk.
(Yorkshire) A dropping of cow dung (presumably from the sound made as it hits the ground)
- What, fifty of my followers at a clap !
[Edward Peacock, A Glossary of Words Used in the Wapentakes of Manley and Corringham, Lincolnshire , ]
* 1890 , John Nicholson, Folk Lore of East Yorkshire ,
- “Oh! get some coo clap (cow dung), mix it wi’ fish oil (whale oil), put it on, and let it stop on all neet.”
* (sound of thunder) thunderclap
* See also
To strike the palms of the hands together, creating a sharp sound.
- The children began to clap in time with the music.
- The audience loudly clapped the actress, who responded with a deep curtsey.
To slap with the hand in a jovial manner.
- It isn’t the singers they are clapping ; it's the composer.
To bring two surfaces together forcefully, creating a sharp sound.
- He would often clap his teammates on the back for encouragement.
- He clapped the empty glass down on the table.
- She clapped the book shut.
- ''He clapped across the floor in his boots.
To come together suddenly with noise.
- Then like a bird it sits and sings, / And whets and claps its silver wings.
To create or assemble (something) hastily (usually followed by up'' or ''together ).
- The doors around me clapped .
- We should clap together a shelter before nightfall.
To set or put, usually in haste.
- ''The rival factions clapped up a truce.
- The sheriff clapped him in jail.
* John Locke
- She was the prettiest thing I'd ever clapped eyes on.
- He had just time to get in and clap to the door.
(slang, AAVE) To shoot (somebody) with a gun.
- Clap an extinguisher upon your irony.
* “What in hell makes you think he's got the clap ?” Hawkeye asked. “Even a clap doctor can't diagnose it through a parka
- 1997 MASH
* When I explained that I thought he had given me the clap , he said I must be mistaken, it had to be someone I'd “tricked” with at ... He'd never had an STD in his life, he told me, and slammed down the phone.
- 1998 Dan Savage
* He thought I had given him the clap [gonorrhea], but I knew I didn't.
- 1998 Changing Bodies
* Gonorrhea, sometimes called the clap , is caused by a bacterium called Neisseria gonorrhoeae.
- 2006 The STDs Update
- I'm gonna kill that bitch for giving me the clap !
- If your dick has "the drip" you probably have the clap and need to go to the sex clinic.
- He wasn't careful; he caught both syphilis and the clap .