WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
whip•lash /ˈhwɪplæʃ, ˈwɪp-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable] the lash of a whip.
  2. Pathology[uncountable] a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking of the head.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
whip•lash  (hwiplash′, wip-),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. the lash of a whip.
  2. an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip.
  3. Also,  whiplash in′jury. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head:Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
  4. Also called  whiplash curve′. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.

v.t. 
  1. to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
  2. to affect adversely, as by a sudden change:new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
  • 1565–75; 1950–55 for def. 6; whip + lash1


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

whiplash /ˈwɪpˌlæʃ/ n
  1. a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip



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