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Lash (?), n. [OE. lasche; cf. D. lasch piece set in, joint, seam, G. lashe latchet, a bit of leather, gusset, stripe, laschen to furnish with flaps, to lash or slap, Icel. laski gusset, flap, laska to break.]


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.


A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.



A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough; as, 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. 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.


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Lash (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lashed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Lashng.]


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. Dryden.


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.


To throw out with a jerk or quickly.

He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws. Dryden.


To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity; as, to lash vice.


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,. v. i. To ply the whip; to strike; to uttercensure or sarcastic language.

To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice. Dryden.

To lash out, to strike out wildly or furiously.


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Lash, v. t. [Cf. D. lasschen to fasten together, lasch piece, joint, Sw. laska to stitch, Dan. laske stitch. See Lash, n. ]

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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