lash

verb (1)
\ ˈlash \
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.

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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 President Donald Trump lashed out Tuesday morning via Twitter over news that his attorney Michael Cohen's office and home was raided by federal agents. Thomas Novelly, The Courier-Journal, "Rand Paul backs President Trump, saying Robert Mueller 'abused his authority' with FBI raid," 10 Apr. 2018 Soon enough, the high-foreheaded mutineer is lashed to a fence, snarling madly like all the other post-death humans in this plague smitten afterworld. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Negan cleans house: 5 thoughts recapping the season's next-to-last 'Walking Dead' episode," 9 Apr. 2018 Black lashed out in emails to City Council and top city officials when The Enquirer published details from the audit. Dan Horn, Cincinnati.com, "After 'rogue element' comment, Cincinnati city manager forces out assistant police chief," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Her light, shimmery makeup enhanced her fantastical vibes, and included a neutral metallic smoky eye, long, voluminous lashes, and a pink-nude lip with matching blush. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wore a Braided Crown at the Governors Awards," 19 Nov. 2018 Underneath bottom lashes, which were coated in Lancôme Hypnôse Buildable Volume Waterproof Mascara, Kylie Cosmetics Glitter Eyes in Destiny. Marci Robin, Allure, "Exclusive: These Are the Exact Makeup Products Tiffany Haddish Wore to the 2018 Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 For this one, a hot pink liner like the Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in (Pop)ular 49 was etched along his lash lines. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Monsta X's 9 Most Daring Eye Makeup Looks From the "Shoot Out" Music Video," 22 Oct. 2018 Then apply Coral Punch with a crease brush to the outer corner and lower lash line. Eden Univer, Seventeen, "4 Lemonade-Inspired Eyeshadow Looks from the Summer's Sweetest Palette," 16 July 2018 Always Sharp Waterproof Eyeliner in Penny Lane to give lashes some serious oomph. Lauren Hubbard, Teen Vogue, "The Best Beauty Looks From EXO-CBX Blooming Day Music Video," 10 Apr. 2018 Her lashes also stood out and showed serious volume against the subtle blue hue. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Storm Reid Matched Her Blue Dress to Her Manicure, Pedicure, and Eyeshadow," 11 Oct. 2018 Or skip face makeup all together in lieu of lash-lengthening mascaras, brow-defining pencils, and bold lip colors? Talia Abbas, SELF, "How to Apply Makeup When You Have Freckles, According to Makeup Artists," 3 Dec. 2018

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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 \
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 \

Medical Definition of lash

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