\ 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
5 : the clearance or play between adjacent movable mechanical parts
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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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 Some public health experts were quick to lash out at the organization for poor messaging. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "WHO butchers asymptomatic COVID comments. Here’s what they meant," 9 June 2020 Learn to lash a tripod, and a new world of old-school outdoor skills is possible. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Timeless Camping Skills," 5 June 2020 If the shock were severe China might lash out against American multinationals in China. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s uncertain future Can Hong Kong remain a global financial centre?," 4 June 2020 The Full Moon forms a square against warrior Mars and opposes passionate Venus, temping us to lash out if provoked. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your Horoscope This Week," 31 May 2020 At a Friday afternoon press briefing in Tallahassee, DeSantis lashed out at administrators of the Fort Lauderdale home, Atria Willow Wood. Carol Marbin Miller, ProPublica, "Fatal Coronavirus Outbreak at Assisted Living Center is Grim Reminder that Both Residents and Staff are at Risk," 22 Mar. 2020 Cut off from the global economy, Iran lashed out in 2019. The Economist, "2019 in review: More Arab revolutions, but how much change?," 26 Dec. 2019 The engine is lashed to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic that drives all four wheels. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2020 Audi Q2 40 TFSI Quattro Might Be Small, but It Has Plenty to Recommend it," 22 May 2020 President Donald Trump’s political opponents have accused him of lashing out at China, a geopolitical foe but critical U.S. trade partner, in an attempt to deflect criticism at home. Bloomberg.com, "U.S. Believes China Hid Severity of Virus to Hoard Supplies, AP Reports," 5 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, Twitter has been discussing her lashes, lids, and lip colour since the show launched. Thatiana Diaz, refinery29.com, "Why Too Hot To Handle‘s Chloe Veitch Regrets Wearing Heavy Makeup On Camera," 11 May 2020 To remove stubborn mascara, keep the pad on your lashes for 10 to 15 seconds before wiping it away. Amina Lake Abdelrahman, Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water," 21 Apr. 2020 My breath caught in my throat, tears nestled in my lashes. Wendell Steavenson, New York Times, "Who Needs a Sweeping Epic About the Red Century? You Do," 14 Apr. 2020 To go bold, trace the liner in the crease of your eye from inner to outer corner, or create a fierce wing by extending the liner along your lashes and past your eye’s outer corner. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "28 reasons to still be excited that it's spring," 3 Apr. 2020 Turner wore her blonde hair in loose waves around her shoulder, and went full Bambi with lashings of mascara on both her upper and lower lashes. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Sophie Turner Pairs Bambi Eyes With a Barbie Gown For the SAG Awards," 20 Jan. 2020 In the name of a little extra volume for my lashes? Patricia Shannon, Southern Living, "You Can Still Safely Curl Your Lashes Without a Lash Curler," 22 Apr. 2020 Instagram users have decided that lashes and nails simply aren't enough and have begun matching their brows to their brightly colored makeup in just about every way possible. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "People on Instagram Are Matching Their Brows to Their Eye Makeup," 19 Mar. 2020 For years the region has been gripped by the impulse to find alternative interpretations for unpleasant historical facts, often to avoid the lash of shameful collective historical responsibility. Vladislav Davidzon, WSJ, "The Holocaust and Historical Memory," 30 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of lash was in the 14th century

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26 Jun 2020

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“Lash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lash. Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for lash



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


\ 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


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


\ ˈlash How to pronounce lash (audio) \

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