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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

Americal Dictionary of the English Language

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Lash

LASH, noun

1. The thong or braided cord of a whip.

I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.

2. A leash or string.

3. A stroke with a whip, or any thing pliant and tough. The culprit was whipped thirty nine lashes.

4. A stroke of satire; a sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain.

The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well.

LASH, verb transitive

1. To strike with a lash or any thing pliant; to whip or scourge.

We lash the pupil and defraud the ward.

2. To throw up with a sudden jerk.

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

3. To beat, as with something loose; to dash against.

And big waves lash the frighted shores -

4. To tie or bind with a rope or cord; to secure or fasten by a string; as, to lash any thing to a mast or to a yard; to lash a trunk on a coach.

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

LASH, verb intransitive To ply the whip; to strike at.

To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.

To lash out, is to be extravagant or unruly.