What does the word applause mean?

Usage examples for applause

  1. He was so absorbed in the subject that he forgot the article was written by himself, and kept up a running applause with " hear!" – Eighty Years And More; Reminiscences 1815-1897 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton
  2. Suddenly, a subdued murmur of applause and a slight rustle behind him recalled him to himself again. – A Protegee of Jack Hamlin's and Other Stories by Bret Harte
  3. No applause, no lights, no stage? – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
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