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Definition of Whip


  1. A whipping motion; a thrashing about; as, the whip of a tense rope or wire which has suddenly parted; also, the quality of being whiplike or flexible; flexibility; suppleness, as of the shaft of a golf club.
  2. Any of various pieces that operate with a quick vibratory motion, as a spring in certain electrical devices for making a circuit, or a rocking certain piano actions.
  3. To strike with a lash, a cord, a rod, or anything slender and lithe; to lash; to beat; as, to whip a horse, or a carpet.
  4. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
  5. To punish with a whip, scourge, or rod; to flog; to beat; as, to whip a vagrant; to whip one with thirty nine lashes; to whip a perverse boy.
  6. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
  7. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.
  8. To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
  9. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
  10. To overlay (a cord, rope, or the like) with other cords going round and round it; to overcast, as the edge of a seam; to wrap; -- often with about, around, or over.
  11. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread; as, to whip a ruffle.
  12. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like.
  13. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  14. To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
  15. To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.
  16. To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner.
  17. An instrument or driving horses or other animals, or for correction, consisting usually of a lash attached to a handle, or of a handle and lash so combined as to form a flexible rod.
  18. A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.
  19. One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
  20. The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
  21. A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
  22. The long pennant. See Pennant (a)
  23. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.
  24. A person (as a member of Parliament) appointed to enforce party discipline, and secure the attendance of the members of a Parliament party at any important session, especially when their votes are needed.
  25. A call made upon members of a Parliament party to be in their places at a given time, as when a vote is to be taken.

Whip Quotations

For the man sound of body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather; every day has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.
George Gissing

My aim, then, was to whip the rebels, to humble their pride, to follow them to their inmost recesses, and make them fear and dread us. Fear is the beginning of wisdom.
William Tecumseh Sherman

When God hands you a gift, he also hands you a whip; and the whip is intended for self-flagellation solely.
Truman Capote

Writing stopped being fun when I discovered the difference between good writing and bad and, even more terrifying, the difference between it and true art. And after that, the whip came down.
Truman Capote

For what the horse does under compulsion, as Simon also observes, is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.
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Whip Translations

whip in Afrikaans is roer
whip in Dutch is doorroeren, omroeren, roeren
whip in French is flageller, fouet, fouetter
whip in German is Peitsche, peitschen, auspeitschen, Peitsche
whip in Italian is frusta
whip in Portuguese is chicote
whip in Swedish is vispa, piska
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