What does applause mean?
The definition of applause
Ap*plause”, n.
Etym: [L. applaudere, app. See Applaud.]

The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by clapping the hands, stamping or tapping with the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation. The brave man seeks not popular applause. Dryden.

— Acclaim; acclamation; plaudit; commendation; approval.