Definition of handclap in US English:



  • A clap of the hands.

    ‘the switch is sensitive enough to be activated by a handclap’
    • ‘And it can be laughable as well, as with this mish-mash of funk, '80s electro-pop and rock, with the occasional idiot burst of horns, programmed handclaps and dumb-guy backing vocals.’
    • ‘Relentless guitar riffs, cries of vintage keys, theremin psychedelia, eager handclaps, fleeting horns and funky breakdowns build a wall of serious rock action fit for singer Cato Thomassen's unhinged vocals.’
    • ‘The sixth track features very spare handclaps and single, fingerpicked guitar tones in what seems like a take on traditional Japanese court music.’
    • ‘Castanet-like handclaps trigger long, guttural sax lines; electronics fly across the speakers and give way to free-blasting; and odd, pogo-dancing themes over bumpy drumming sound like punk interpretations of Parisian cafe music.’
    • ‘So what this song really reminds me of is Radiohead's ‘We Suck Young Blood,’ and of course the reason for that is the handclaps.’
    • ‘The San Francisco band's third album doesn't match its predecessor, The Last Match, but fans will surely appreciate Linton and her bells, horns and handclaps.’
    • ‘Room on the Third Floor is a delicious blend of fantasy and reality: classic pop storytelling, with some brilliant handclaps.’
    • ‘Approximately 20 guys, from young teenagers to 30-somethings take turns working out their uprocks, flares and headspins to yelps and handclaps of support.’
    • ‘The dizzying array of instrumentation, including handclaps, accordions, strings, and horns, faithfully captures the quirky energy of their live shows.’
    • ‘Organized but unforgiving slabs of frantic bass and speedfreak drums are topped with distorted vocals, occasionally giving way for handclaps, vocoder voices and electro intros.’
    • ‘Sure, there's a pretty popish synth line that could be easily translated into a mid-60's glock part, and there're handclaps, but the damn verse is one bar of four, one bar of three, one bar of four and repeat.’
    • ‘With handclaps and tambourines galore this album captures a ‘70s rock sound; and heck, I'm a sucker for a good ol’ rock song.’
    • ‘The single Time of My Life encapsulates their bluff blokeyness: handclaps, chants and a thank you to their mate Mr Budweiser.’
    • ‘It also offers much more: Kraftwerk-ian synthbass lines, echo to spare, handclaps that could cause hurricanes, and some of the most wonderful space symphonies every created.’
    • ‘The vocals are supported by guitar, violin and keyboard and, of course, the occasional handclaps, providing an up-beat, cheery backing to the shopping of Argos customers (who pass by with looks of bemusement).’
    • ‘The handclaps that begin the song intimate a playfulness throughout, and a funky guitar and fuzzy keys sew together seemingly independent jams.’
    • ‘Snares turn into handclaps, drums fall in and out of the mix, the beat sounds like it's running backwards - to which Jackson responds by singing wordless falsetto over the top.’
    • ‘Over tablas, handclaps, stick percussion, and a bass part that slams on three beats and then pauses for breath, a nodding organ alternating with a pinched little keyboard on the vaguely Middle Eastern preset plays the same couple of notes.’
    • ‘Plus there are some seriously cheesy synth lines and fake handclaps etc that would make Lil Jon run from the room in embarrassment (maybe shouting something unintelligible as he did).’
    • ‘Apologising for having to re-start Tomorrow, I'll Be Home Today because of an out of tune guitar, he began again as the crowd accompanied him with a sea of handclaps.’
    round of applause, clap, ovation, standing ovation
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