standing ovation

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Ovation \O*va"tion\, 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.                        --Tennyson.
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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
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