lash

verb (1)
\ ˈlash How to pronounce lash (audio) \
lashed; lashing; lashes

Definition of lash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

1 : to move violently or suddenly : dash
2 : to thrash or beat violently rain lashed at the windowpanes
3 : to make a verbal attack or retort usually used with out

transitive verb

1a : to whip or fling about violently the big cat lashed its tail about threateningly
b : to strike or beat with or as if with a whip waves lashed the shore
2a : to assail with stinging words
b : drive, whip lashed them into a fury with his fiery speech

lash

noun

Definition of lash (Entry 2 of 3)

1a(1) : a stroke with or as if with a whip
(2) : the flexible part of a whip also : whip
b : punishment by whipping
2 : a beating, whipping, or driving force
3 : a stinging rebuke
4 : eyelash
5 : the clearance or play between adjacent movable mechanical parts

lash

verb (2)
lashed; lashing; lashes

Definition of lash (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bind with or as if with a line

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Other Words from lash

Verb (1)

lasher noun

Verb (2)

lasher noun

Examples of lash in a Sentence

Noun

They gave the sailor 50 lashes for disobeying orders. The disobedient sailors were threatened with the lash.

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

When a violent storm lashes the tiny Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal, Copper Randal barely manages a safe return to Government House. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Picking a “destination novel” is the secret to great summer reading," 4 July 2019 See the local moms rocking bright blue eyeshadow, lashes shining iridescent toward the lifeguard man-candy. Darren Franich, EW.com, "The ending of Stranger Things 3 proves the limits of nostalgia: EW review, with spoilers," 4 July 2019 China’s foreign ministry lashed back Wednesday at criticism by Britain’s foreign secretary on the recent protests in Hong Kong, saying the region’s former ruling power had no right to weigh in on their affairs. Fox News, "China accuses UK of 'basking in the faded glory of British colonialism' after Hong Kong criticism," 4 July 2019 The students, ranging from small to tall, lash out with military precision as choreographer Byron Easley marches the gang into formations that sometimes wittily flash the letters. Nelson Pressley, Washington Post, "The revolting children have comic bite in ‘Matilda the Musical’," 1 July 2019 Some might lash out in anger, others might physically attack. baltimoresun.com, "First responders, medics carry burden when deaths occur," 30 June 2019 Seconds before we were smashed to pieces, the longboat swung 90 degrees starboard and banged against a harbor wall with a mighty jolt while two dock-hands lashed us fast. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "Exploring Polynesia's Islands by Cruise," 28 June 2019 There was a tiny 1933 Austin pickup, a 1926 Ford T fire engine with brass bell and ladder lashed to its side, a 1948 Empire tractor Model 90 made for export. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Truck History Museum Rolls Into Brooklyn," 28 June 2019 Trout, who had been hitless in his first three trips, lashed a two-out RBI single in the sixth to plate the Angels’ eighth run. Jeff Fletcher, Orange County Register, "Angels win fourth straight, winning in the first game of the season with their full lineup," 27 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Finish the eye with a thick layer of Urban Decay Perversion Mascara on the top and bottom lashes. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Nathalie Emmanuel and Maisie Williams Both Wore the Urban Decay Game of Thrones Collab," 4 Apr. 2019 The variations seem endless: Mustaches or lashes? Baseballs or bows? Kim Severson, New York Times, "It’s a Girl! It’s a Boy! And for the Gender-Reveal Cake, It May Be the End," 17 June 2019 Coupled with her signature makeup palette (think nudes and sky-reaching lashes) West's entire presence demanded attention—a winning approach, as the issues of the day were critical to society. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West Puts a Directional Twist on Political Hair," 14 June 2019 Birds chirp, two assistants chase after a small dog named Biggie, a makeup artist fusses over primer and lash glue. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Bethenny Frankel Doesn't Need to Be Thanked. But She Wouldn't Mind a Little Gratitude From President Trump.," 14 Sep. 2018 Step 1: Get that smolder Using a small eyeshadow brush, swipe a peachy color all over your eyelids, up through the crease, along the lower lash line. Jennifer Tzeses, Seventeen, "3 Beauty Looks That Aren't Too Extra for Class," 25 July 2018 Experts like to curl lashes before makeup, as part of skin-care prep. Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Mistakes You’re Making When Using an Eyelash Curler," 30 Jan. 2019 Step two: Curl your lashes and apply mascara as usual. Seventeen.com Editors, Seventeen, "50 Life-Changing Prom Beauty Tips You Haven't Heard Before," 19 Dec. 2018 Her hair is pulled back in a tight ponytail, which allows for a makeup palette of bright red lipstick (Rouge Dior 999), shimmery eyeshadow, and curled lashes to take center stage. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Bella Hadid Stars in Dior’s Halloween-Inspired Short Film," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of lash

Verb (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a(1)

Verb (2)

1624, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lash

Verb (1)

Middle English

Verb (2)

Middle English lasschyn to lace, from Anglo-French lacer, lasser — more at lace

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lash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lash

: a hit with a whip
: the punishment of being hit with a whip
: the thin piece on the end of a whip

lash

verb
\ ˈlash How to pronounce lash (audio) \
lashed; lashing

Kids Definition of lash

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : to hit with a whip The rider lashed his horse.
2 : to move forcefully from side to side The animal lashed his tail about.
3 : to hit with force Rain lashed the windows.
4 : to make a sudden and angry attack against He lashed out at his critics.

lash

noun

Kids Definition of lash (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a blow with a whip or switch The pirate received 20 lashes.
2 : the flexible part of a whip
3 : eyelash

lash

verb
lashed; lashing

Kids Definition of lash (Entry 3 of 3)

: to tie or tie down with a rope or chain The first thing Timothy did was to lash our water keg high on a palm trunk.— Theodore Taylor, The Cay

lash

noun
\ ˈlash How to pronounce lash (audio) \

Medical Definition of lash

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