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Definition of "whip" []

  • To strike with repeated strokes, as with a strap or rod; lash. (verb-transitive)
  • To punish or chastise by repeated striking with a strap or rod; flog. (verb-transitive)
  • To afflict, castigate, or reprove severely: "For nonconformity the world whips you with its displeasure” ( Ralph Waldo Emerson). (verb-transitive)
  • To drive, force, or compel by flogging, lashing, or other means. (verb-transitive)
  • To strike or affect in a manner similar to whipping or lashing: Icy winds whipped my face. (verb-transitive)
  • To strike (a person or thing) with several strokes of a strap, rod, etc (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To punish by striking in this manner (verb)
  • To pull, remove, etc, with sudden rapid motion (verb)
  • To come, go, etc, in a rapid sudden manner (verb)
  • To strike or be struck as if by whipping (verb)
  • To criticize virulently (verb)
  • To bring, train, etc, forcefully into a desired condition (esp in the phrases whip into line and whip into shape) (verb)
  • To overcome or outdo (verb)
  • To drive, urge, compel, etc, by or as if by whipping (verb)
  • To wrap or wind (a cord, thread, etc) around (a rope, cable, etc) to prevent chafing or fraying (verb)
  • To hoist by means of a rope through a single pulley (verb)
  • (in fly-fishing) to cast the fly repeatedly onto (the water) in a whipping motion (verb)
  • (in sewing) to join, finish, or gather with whipstitch (verb)
  • To beat (eggs, cream, etc) with a whisk or similar utensil to incorporate air and produce expansion (verb)
  • To spin (a top) (verb)
  • To steal (verb)
  • A device consisting of a lash or flexible rod attached at one end to a stiff handle and used for driving animals, inflicting corporal punishment, etc (noun)
  • A whipping stroke or motion (noun)
  • A person adept at handling a whip, as a coachman, etc (noun)
  • A member of a party chosen to organize and discipline the members of his faction, esp in voting and to assist in the arrangement of the business (noun)
  • A call issued to members of a party, insisting with varying degrees of urgency upon their presence or loyal voting behaviour (noun)
  • (in the British Parliament) a schedule of business sent to members of a party each week. Each item on it is underlined to indicate its importance: one line means that no division is expected, two lines means that the item is fairly important, and three lines means that the item is very important and every member must attend and vote according to the party line (noun)
  • An apparatus for hoisting, consisting of a rope, pulley, and snatch block (noun)
  • Any of a variety of desserts made from egg whites or cream beaten stiff, sweetened, and flavoured with fruit, fruit juice, etc (noun)
  • A windmill vane (noun)
  • Transient elastic movement of a structure or part when subjected to sudden release of load or dynamic excitation (noun)
  • A percussion instrument consisting of two strips of wood, joined forming the shape of a V, and clapped loudly together (noun)
  • Flexibility, as in the shaft of a golf club, etc (noun)
  • A ride in a funfair involving bumper cars that move with sudden jerks (noun)
  • A wrestling throw in which a wrestler seizes his opponent's arm and spins him to the floor (noun)

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Use "whip" in a sentence
  • "Falstaff has said, that the _courtiers would_ whip _him with their quick wits_; but I know not that _whip_ can be used for a _scoff_ or _insult_, unless its meaning be fixed by the whole expression."
  • "It must mean the whip with which the Trojans scourged the Greeks, which cannot be but by a very unusual construction, or the authour must have forgotten the original of the Romans; unless _whip_ has some meaning which includes"
  • "The popularization of ghost riding the whip is a byproduct of the popularity of Bay Area music and hyphy culture in general. heh"