Pronunciation: (lash),[key] —n. 1. the flexible part of a whip; the section of cord or the like forming the extremity of a whip.
2. a swift stroke or blow, with a whip or the like, given as a punishment: He received 20 lashes. 3. something that goads or pains in a manner compared to that of a whip: the lash of his sharp tongue. 4. a swift dashing or sweeping movement, as of an animal's tail; switch.
5. a violent beating or impact, as of waves or rain, against something.
6. an eyelash.
7. Also called neck cord. a cord or a series of cords for lifting the warp in weaving a figured fabric.
—v.t. 1. to strike or beat, as with a whip or something similarly slender and flexible.
2. to beat violently or sharply against: The rain lashed the trees. 3. to drive by or as if by strokes of a whip: He lashed them on to greater effort. 4. to attack, scold, or punish severely with words: She lashed the students with harsh criticism. 5. to dash, fling, or switch suddenly and swiftly: The crocodile lashed its tail.
—v.i. 1. to strike vigorously at someone or something, as with a weapon or whip (often fol. by out): He lashed wildly at his attackers. 2. to attack or reprove someone with harsh words (often fol. by out): to lash out at injustice. 3. to move suddenly and swiftly; rush, dash, or flash: The coiled snake lashed suddenly. 4. Chiefly Brit.to spend money lavishly or foolishly (usually fol. by out).
Pronunciation: (lash),[key] —v.t. to bind or fasten with a rope, cord, or the like.
Pronunciation: (lash),[key] —n. an ocean-going vessel equipped with special cranes and holds for lifting and stowing cargo-carrying barges that can be sailed up inland waterways or into port facilities from offshore.