Lash

Definition of Lash

Pronunciation: lăsh
n.1.The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
- Addison.
2.A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
3.A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough; as, the culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
4.A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well.
- L'Estrange.
5.A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
6.In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
v. t.1.To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
[imp. & p. p. Lashed ; p. pr. & vb. n. Lashng.]
We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward.
- Dryden.
2.To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash; as, a whale lashes the sea with his tail.
And big waves lash the frighted shores.
- Dryden.
3.To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws.
- Dryden.
4.To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity; as, to lash vice.
v. i.1.To ply the whip; to strike; to utter censure or sarcastic language.
To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.
- Dryden.
To lash out
to strike out wildly or furiously; also used figuratively.
v. t.1.To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten; as, to lash something to a spar; to lash a pack on a horse's back.

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