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clapping

Etymology: AS, cloeppan, to beat
(in massage) the procedure of making percussive movements on a patient's body, usually on the chest wall or back, by lowering the cupped palms alternately in a series of rapid, stimulating blows. In this procedure the movement of the hands is from the wrist. Clapping stimulates the circulation and refreshes the skin. It is often done to improve the comfort of bedridden patients, especially during administration of a bed bath. Also called percussion.

clapping

(klap'ing)
1. A technique for clearing the airway in which the therapist rhythmically strikes with his or her cupped hands the chest wall to help loosen thick secretions in the lungs. Synonym: cupping (1)
2. A similar, rhythmic striking of any body part, used in massage therapy.
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Kidman added, "I wish that there were more important things to be concerned about or that people were focused on more important things than that sort of clapping.
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As they are driving along, the passenger begins an annoying behavior-hand clapping, moaning, talking loudly, etc.
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We evaluated 6 indicators of the scallops' escape response: reaction time, the total number of claps, duration of the clapping response until exhaustion, clapping speed, the proportion of claps, and recovery clapping rate after a recuperation of 5 min or 10 min (for juveniles and adults, respectively).
Unfortunately, it was spoilt by the majority of the audience clapping between the movements.
Tchaikovsky''s Manfred Symphony was so dramatic, we were spellbound and just waiting for the final note to be played, when some fool started clapping.
The ten-month-old was clapping as her mum Ese held her up and Pope Benedict plucked her from her arms and kissed her.