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lash

verb \ ˈlash \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of lash

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
1 a : 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
2 a : to assail with stinging words
b : drive, whip
  • lashed them into a fury with his fiery speech

lasher

noun

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Origin and Etymology of lash

Middle English


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lash

noun

Definition of lash

1 a (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

Examples of lash in a Sentence

  1. They gave the sailor 50 lashes for disobeying orders.

  2. The disobedient sailors were threatened with the lash.

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First Known Use of lash

14th century


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lash

verb

Definition of lash

transitive verb
: to bind with or as if with a line

lasher

noun

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Origin and Etymology of lash

Middle English lasschyn to lace, from Anglo-French lacer, lasser — more at lace



LASH Defined for English Language Learners

lash

noun

Definition of lash for English Language Learners

  • : a hit with a whip

  • the lash : the punishment of being hit with a whip

  • : the thin piece on the end of a whip


LASH Defined for Kids

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lash

verb \ ˈlash \

Definition of lash for Students

lashed; lashing
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.

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lash

noun

Definition of lash for Students

1 : a blow with a whip or switch The pirate received 20 lashes.
2 : the flexible part of a whip
3 : eyelash

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lash

verb

Definition of lash for Students

lashed; lashing
: 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

Medical Dictionary

lash

noun \ ˈlash \

medical Definition of lash



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