Lash (plural Lashes)
to Lash (third-person singular simple present lashes, present participle lashing, simple past and past participle lashed)
- The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
- I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it. — Joseph Addison.
- (obsolete) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
- A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
- The culprit received thirty-nine lashes.
- 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. — Roger L'Estrange
- A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
- In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
obsolete: a snare
stroke with a whip
hair growing from the eyelid
group of strings for lifting certain yarns
Third person singular
- (transitive) To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
- We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward. — John Dryden
- (transitive) To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
- the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
- And big waves lash the frighted shores. — John Dryden
- (transitive) To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
- He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. — John Dryden
- (transitive) To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
- to lash vice
- (transitive) To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
- to lash something to a spar
- lash a pack on a horse's back
- (intransitive) To ply the whip; to strike.
- (intransitive) To utter censure or sarcastic language.
- To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. — John Dryden
strike with a lash
throw out with a jerk
ply the whip
AdjectiveModificarLash (comparative more Lash, superlative most Lash)
- (obsolete) Remiss, lax.
- (obsolete) Relaxed.
- Soft, watery, wet.
- 1658: Fruits being unwholesome and lash before the fourth or fifth Yeare. — Sir Thomas Browne, The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
- (Mid-Ulster, Northern Ireland) excellent, wonderful
- We’re off school tomorrow, it’s gonna be lash!
- That chinese (food) was lash!