(?), n. [L. ovatio, fr. ovare to exult, rejoice, triumph in an ovation; cf. Gr. to shout: cf. F. ovation.] 1. (Rom. Antiq.) A lesser kind of triumph allowed to a commander for an easy, bloodless victory, or a victory over slaves.
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2. Hence: An expression of popular homage; the tribute of the multitude to a public favorite.
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To rain an April of ovation round
Their statues.
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3. Especially: A prolonged applause for a person of group after a speech or performance.

standing ovation a prolonged applause during which the audience stands as a sign of special appreciation or admiration.


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