backlash

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Etymology[edit]

From back +‎ lash.

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Noun[edit]

backlash (plural backlashes)

  1. A sudden backward motion.
  2. A reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.
    The public backlash to the proposal was quick and insistent.
  3. (mechanics) The distance through which one part of connected machinery, as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from wear.
  4. The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.

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Verb[edit]

backlash (third-person singular simple present backlashes, present participle backlashing, simple past and past participle backlashed)

  1. To cause or set off a backlash.
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