The act of applauding approbation and praise openly expressed by clapping the fingers stamping or tapping using feet acclamation huzzas or any other means marked commendation
- a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together
- The work of applauding; approbation and praise openly expressed by clapping the fingers, stamping or tapping because of the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation.
very early 15c., from Latin applausus, previous participle of applaudere "approve by clapping fingers" (see applaud).
(n.) The work of applauding; approbation and compliments openly expressed by clapping the hands, stamping or tapping aided by the legs, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation.
As they passed us, the large craft and the gunboats in the harbour saluted and the seamen shouted applause for the master of the only little sail-boat that ventured out into the storm.