Definition of clapper in US English:



  • The free-swinging metal piece inside a bell that is made to strike the bell to produce the sound.

    • ‘It's a bin full of clappers ripped from their bells.’
    • ‘At the bottom of the bell, a white silhouette of a boy holds a rope entwined to the clapper.’
    • ‘The soldier's fiancé had climbed into the belfry and clung to the great clapper of the bell to prevent it from striking.’
    • ‘The town crier, in trying to ring out the Prince's arrival, found the clapper of his bell stuck fast.’
    • ‘The bells are not swung as in change-ringing but are struck by pulling their clappers or moving external hammers, with a simple mechanical action using trackers and wires.’
    • ‘If your foot can jiggle around inside the skates while you hold your foot up (like a clapper in a bell), then they're too large.’
    • ‘Sadly their belated participation in the event was short lived - the bell's clapper fell off within minutes.’
    • ‘Pilgrims in white scatter rose petals at the foot of four-faced, silver-eyed statues of Brahma, while old people sun themselves in the courtyard, banging clappers and ringing bells.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These aren't actual bells, with actual metal clappers, like the ones I remember from my days in Wisconsin.’
    • ‘It's just too big,’ says Adam, as he gently pushes the clapper until it just touches the bell, producing a deep, sonorous rumble.’
    • ‘Magister Rumbold Crucible woke up feeling that someone had been using his head as a bell clapper which, he groggily reasoned, probably accounted for the sickening swaying sensation as well.’
    • ‘They will now be taken to Nottingham, where the bells and the clappers themselves will be refurbished.’
    • ‘Leonardo, meanwhile, was making notes on a church bell, ‘the way it moved and how its clapper was fastened‘.’
    • ‘In fact the clapper extends beyond the mouth of the bell and, rather than a handle, has a pierced peg argent, means that it would originally have been suspended.’
    • ‘I drew forth the bell Meryth had given me, and gently let the clapper fall against the bronze wall of it.’
    • ‘The clapper was a clear blue, sapphire about an inch long, dangling a tiny bit from the bell itself.’
    • ‘Mr Grantham said: ‘Our bell is made of bronze, weighs about 25 kilogram and still has its original clapper.’’
    • ‘Small cast bells that never had a clapper fitted inside were possibly worn to help to ‘announce’ the presence of the wearer.’
    • ‘A figure grasps the hose, swings back and forth like the clapper of a bell and finally bounds high above the floor.’