Premature Eclapulation (n.)- The process of clapping (whether it be during events such as plays, operas, and orchestral performances) when the climax of the moment (or the moment most appropriate for ovation) has not yet been reached, often followed by booing and disappointed looks.
"That idiot Jack, confusing the theatre's intermittance with the end of the play, drenched the entire audience with his premature eclapulation"
by Dmitry Khrabrov November 23, 2007
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Verb or Noun; to clap to early; or a clap that comes too early in a musical or theatrical performance. Either an audience member is too eager to applaud the performer, (either to shoo him off stage or out of sheer adulation) OR the performance is long-winded, experimental, or filled with confusing codas that lead audience members to believe the piece is ending when in fact it has not.
After 4 minutes of silence during piece number 1 in the Tribute to John Cage performance, Kasia believed the composition to be over, causing her pre-mature eclapulation.
by Taber Wood September 16, 2009
The embarrassing occurrence of a person who is unable to stop themselves from applauding a performance a bit to early or even much too early during a performance. It may occur during a play, concert, speech, opera or sometimes even a movie. The most humorous situation would be a single loud clap followed by the offenders attempt to turn their red face to search the crowd as eyes fall in their direction to see who dunnit. It is however still received as a great complement to the performers .
I almost died laughing the other night when Sophia started to applaud during that pause in Beethoven's 9th symphony when the tenor ends with that dismal note and we all know the flutes are about to kick in. It was a perfect single smack premature eclapulation.
by Santiago Suicide King April 03, 2015