\ 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
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 What remains of Beta was hugging the coast late Tuesday and was expected to lash southeast Texas. CBS News, ""Zombie" storm Paulette regains strength in bizarre 2020 season," 23 Sep. 2020 Using the long tag end of the p-cord, lash the top of the push-up pole to the ridgeline 5 feet from the tree (E). T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017 Forecasters expect the hurricane to lash the region with powerful gusts, life-threatening storm surges, historic flooding and dangerous flash flooding, threatening communities in Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Cameron Mcwhirter, WSJ, "Hurricane Sally Loses Some Strength as It Threatens Gulf Coast," 15 Sep. 2020 Though the pandemic prompted Israel and Hamas to de-escalate for now, Gazans and Israelis alike fear the opposite is still possible – that rising unrest in Gaza over the virus prompts Hamas to lash out at Israel to preserve its power. Joshua Mitnick, The Christian Science Monitor, "In Gaza, surge of coronavirus spurs fears and a jolt of pragmatism," 10 Sep. 2020 Democratic spinners will lash the media for ripping this out of proportion, as with their tiresome complaints about coverage of Hillary Clinton's emails. Stephen Collinson, With Shelby Rose, CNN, "Nancy Pelosi will never live Salon-gate down," 3 Sep. 2020 Everyone who wanted to lash out at president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi for this tepid collection of retreads and hopefuls, and at manager Gabe Kapler for corporate klutziness, is now forced to re-think the situation. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Giants have 9 who ain’t afraid to swing the bat, and the numbers are shocking," 2 Sep. 2020 There are dedicated compartments such as padded, protective laptop and tablet sleeves and stretch-mesh water bottle pockets plus an external bungee cord to lash on more gear. oregonlive, "Need a backpack for traveling or school? Check out the North Face’s 30% off sale," 14 Aug. 2020 Florida largely dodged a bullet with Tropical Storm Isaias over the weekend, but the storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane Monday and lash the Carolinas. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, "Tropical Storm Isaias Forecast to Become Category 1 Hurricane As North and South Carolina Prepare for Landfall," 3 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Lyons suffers from incontinentia pigmenti, a genetic condition that, among many other things, affects lash growth. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Jenna Lyons Just Launched False Lash Brand Loveseen," 22 Sep. 2020 But getting lash extensions on your top and bottom lashes is truly transformative. Aimee Simeon, refinery29.com, "I Tried Bottom Lash Extensions & They Transformed My Face," 17 Sep. 2020 That could prove a smart tactic, testing Microsoft’s position as the one tech giant that has so far been spared from the growing tech-lash. Dan Gallagher, WSJ, "Slack Comes Up Short Again," 8 Sep. 2020 Grande's eyes were swept with a shimmery lilac eye shadow that complemented her purple dress, then finished off with a dramatic wing and rhinestones on her lower lash line and brow bone. Angela Trakoshis, Allure, "Ariana Grande Wore Purple Eye Shadow and Blonde Pigtails at the MTV Video Music Awards," 31 Aug. 2020 Reviewers are obsessed with L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara, which is waterproof, long-lasting mascara that features hourglass bristles that deliver volume and length for a clump-free, full-lash look. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "15 Amazon beauty products more affordable than their cult-favorite counterparts," 31 Aug. 2020 Cut another 10-foot pole and lash this dingle stick to the push-up pole so enough of the stick extends over the fire pit to hold a pot over the flames (G). T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Wild Fires," 9 Jan. 2017 Though, with the help of social media, fans are getting an intimate peek into the lives of their favourite stars offstage — at home, in stretchy pants, without lash extensions or a blowout — and sometimes, things can look pretty different. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Adele’s Beach-Blonde Curls Mark A New Era For The Star," 5 Aug. 2020 Below, Jennings's very own routine for lash cleansing and care. Madge Maril, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Keep Your False Eyelashes Clean," 5 Aug. 2020

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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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Last Updated

30 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Lash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lash. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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

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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