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



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


verb (2)
lashed; lashing; lashes

Definition of lash (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to bind with or as if with a line

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 Uvalde parents lash out at school board after report on shooting response Bombarded by scammy robo-texts? Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 19 July 2022 Authorities suspended the pilgrimage for two days as rains continued to lash the region. Aijaz Hussain, ajc, 9 July 2022 Children lash out and then blame their behavior on their feelings. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 7 July 2022 His anti-war statements have led pro-Kremlin media and its chief propagandists to lash out at Galkin, accusing him of being a traitor. Yuliya Talmazan, NBC News, 12 July 2022 Edwards would lash out at teachers that raised concerns and intimidate them, the complaint alleges. Arika Herron, The Indianapolis Star, 11 Mar. 2022 Critics said his real motivation was to get rid of longtime Assembly Speaker Willie Brown, the powerful San Francisco Democrat, and to lash out at fellow pols as his own career was winding to a frustrating end. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 In April, the National Climate Center warned that extreme torrential rains were expected to lash southern and southwestern parts of the country, as well as the normally dry desert terrain of southern Tibet. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 20 June 2022 His measure was defeated by the council, however — causing Jenkins to lash out with a deeply profound critique of the political classes. Fox News, 10 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun To balance the smudged, smoky bottom, keep the top lash line clean with just a swipe of mascara. Katie Intner, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 July 2022 Well, Kaja's three-in-one design is about to demolish your flat-lash woes. Sarah Han, Allure, 14 Sep. 2021 With a curved microbristle brush that grabs every tiny lash (even the lower babies at the corners) and a supremely lightweight gel formula, this mascara ($26)seems to effortlessly lift, lengthen, and fatten up lashes. Tatjana Freund, Marie Claire, 20 May 2021 Under the lash of thunderstorm winds, trees toppled onto streets and roofs in many parts of the area. Martin Weil, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 Bertinelli quickly fixed the mini wardrobe malfunction by running to a nearby tent and popping the lash back on with a little glue. Rachel Desantis,, 3 Apr. 2022 To create the eye, Ganzer used the grayish pigment from Shiseido’s Kaigan Street Waters palette as a base, then drew on a sharp wing, extending the color on the bottom lash as well. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 28 Mar. 2022 Inhabitants of Madrigal are suffering under the lash of the colonizing United Nations Space Command (UNSC). Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Mar. 2022 Recall that the gambling industry is being clamped down on in Macau and the billionaires are getting a show of the lash. Clem Chambers, Forbes, 28 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lash

Verb (1)

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


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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2 Aug 2022

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\ 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.



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


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


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