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

The winger lashed in a decent effort from a tight angle which forced Willy Caballero into a brilliant save down to his left hand side. SI.com, "Argentina 0-3 Croatia: Caballero's Blunder Costs Argentina as Croatia Qualify for Last 16," 21 June 2018 But none of that prevented the two-time league MVP from receiving a tongue lashing from his mother after the game. Chuck Schilken, latimes.com, "Stephen Curry says his mom wanted to wash his mouth out with soap after his profane outburst vs. Rockets," 21 May 2018 All to this was much to the delight of President Trump who read some of the judge's tongue lashing during his NRA convention speech today. Fox News, "Karl Rove: Blankenship is a bigot and a moron," 4 May 2018 The Lashes Have It At Valentino, hearts stopped for many reasons, not least of which were the larger-the-life plume lashes dreamily flitting about. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "7 Couture Beauty Looks That Defined the Paris Runways," 24 Jan. 2019 Chinonso’s image is like that: heartbreakingly unguarded even when lashed by the whirlwind of existence. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Sweat and Cries of Humankind," 11 Jan. 2019 An examination of the wolf's corpse by a Berlin wildlife research institute found that the young female had been fatally shot in the chest and then had a rope tied around her stomach and lashed to a concrete weight. Deutsche Welle, USA TODAY, "Wolf fatally shot, tied to weight and dumped in lake," 12 July 2018 Nelson’s strategy is to lash Scott as tightly as possible to Trump and his unpopular policies. Steve Bousquet And Alex Leary, miamiherald, "Gov. Rick Scott starts early, spends often in U.S. Senate race against Bill Nelson | Miami Herald," 8 May 2018 At the climactic moment, the heroine, played by Menken, was stripped naked, lashed to the back of a rearing horse, and sent on a death-defying run up a ramp to vanish backstage. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "The 19th century nude scene that took San Francisco by storm," 27 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The orange tube is known for its volume-building formula and a brush that helps fan out every last lash for a dramatic effect on your fringe. Lisa Desantis, Health.com, "The Under-$10 Mascara That Shay Mitchell Is Obsessed With," 18 June 2018 The package should include a tiny bottle of glue and several small groupings of individual lashes. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "5 Tricky Beauty Techniques Made Easy," 12 Mar. 2012 Celebrity makeup artist Jami Svay recently told us it's her go-to moisturizer for hair, skin, and even lashes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 At Detroit Blows, blowouts start at $40, and the business offers other services like waxing, lashes, nails, and makeup. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Detroit Blows Is the Female-Founded Dry Bar With a Purpose," 8 Feb. 2019 Keratin lash lifts should last for eight to 12 weeks. Talia Abbas, SELF, "13 Mistakes You’re Making When Using an Eyelash Curler," 30 Jan. 2019 Your lashes go ‘woop’ and stick straight up and last the whole day. Jillian Ruffo, Glamour, "So This Is Why Taylor Hill's Skin Looks So Good," 8 Jan. 2019 Her lids were painted a gradient of pink and orange — accessorized with extra long lashes, natch — that looked just like the night sky at twilight. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B Wore Silver Hair and Sunset-Colored Makeup," 14 Nov. 2018 Starting with a heavy black liner and hefty lashes, her lids were covered in a shiny, rose-gold pink. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Beyoncé Makes the Case for Matching Your Mani to Your Makeup," 26 Jan. 2019

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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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