hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.

1590–1600; < Latin applausus struck upon, applauded (past participle of applaudere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaud- clap + -tus past participle suffix

applausive [uh-plaw-siv, -ziv] , adjective
self-applause, noun
unapplausive, adjective

2. acclaim, plaudit, praise. Unabridged
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applause (əˈplɔːz)
appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands

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Word Origin & History

early 15c., from L. applausus, pp. of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see plaudit).
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Example sentences
On the other hand, it punishes welfare recipients, something that's always good for a round of applause from right-wing audiences.
There was applause when the picture was shown and more applause when it was
  knocked down for the top price of the sale.
Its pure coloratura sparkled through her early arias, drawing bursts of
Our presentation began, consistent with the occasion, with a prolonged hug that
  prompted laughter and applause.
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