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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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 Drewes' daughter Laura Brown was stunned by the timing of the call in January but didn't lash out over the phone or even explain that her 75-year-old mom was at the point of death. Jay Reeves, Star Tribune, 3 Apr. 2021 Drewes’ daughter Laura Brown was stunned by the timing of the call in January but didn’t lash out over the phone or even explain that her 75-year-old mom was at the point of death. Jay Reeves, chicagotribune.com, 3 Apr. 2021 Police were not able to determine what caused the dog to lash out violently on McKinley Avenue May 10. Christine Dempsey, courant.com, 18 May 2021 The network couldn’t lash out at long-term partners, particularly because the HFPA’s foibles had been documented for years. Meg James, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2021 That said, any 3XL, size 4 hook will do. Begin by laying a thread base and lash the narrow end of the foam to the hook right at the bend. Dave Karczynski, Outdoor Life, 25 Feb. 2021 Both men consider the media an enemy and lash out at opponents using unflattering names, which often stick. USA Today, 7 May 2021 The vitriol against Steinberg might surprise conservatives who routinely lash the mayor, reelected in November with 77% of the vote, for being overly progressive. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 11 Apr. 2021 Couples interrupt each other, lash out, and withhold affection. Maya Binyam, Vulture, 13 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the latter case, here’s a foolproof trick: place the color into the crease of your eye when your eyes are open, and work down toward the lash line. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 2 June 2021 For monolids like mine, Maki suggests trying a simple single-tone gradation, layering a darker shadow along the lash line and fading it upward. Monica Kim, Vogue, 28 May 2021 From there, paint a line going from your lash line up to your temples, all the way to your hairline, Alexandra Clare says. Devon Abelman, Allure, 23 May 2021 As a certified lash technician, Jake Oakley has spent the lockdown hand-creating and selling strip lashes. Lydia Wang, refinery29.com, 17 Aug. 2020 Euphoria makeup artist Donni Davy's new collaboration with Face Lace features graphic spikey lash-like eye makeup decals in two gleaming finishes, iridescent holographic and twinkling black glitter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, 28 May 2021 Brow lamination works the same way a lash lift does, by chemically changing the way the hairs lie on your face. Sable Yong, Allure, 4 May 2021 Application is a two-step process: The brush features a flat area designed to layer the product onto lashes, while tiny plastic bristles attached to either side comb the product through each individual lash. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, 26 Aug. 2020 Then, draw a dash of colorful liner at the very base of the lash line. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 18 May 2021

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

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15 Jun 2021

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“Lash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lash. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for lash

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) \

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