whiplash

noun whip·lash \ ˈhwip-ˌlash , ˈwip- \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of whiplash

1 : the lash of a whip
2 : something resembling a blow from a whip
  • the whiplash of fear
  • —R. S. Banay
3 : injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck from the rear by another vehicle)

Examples of whiplash in a Sentence

  1. He got whiplash when his car was rear-ended.

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First Known Use of whiplash

circa 1580


WHIPLASH Defined for English Language Learners

whiplash

noun

Definition of whiplash for English Language Learners

  • : an injury to the neck that is caused by a sudden backward movement of the head


Medical Dictionary

whiplash

noun whip·lash \ ˈhwip-ˌlash, ˈwip- \

medical Definition of whiplash

: injury resulting from a sudden sharp whipping movement of the neck and head (as of a person in a vehicle that is struck head-on or from the rear by another vehicle)


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