Definitions for backlashˈbækˌlæʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

back•lashˈbækˌlæʃ(n.)

  1. a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. a strong negative reaction, as to some social or political change:

    a backlash by voters.

    Category: Sociology

  3. the difference between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow room for lubricants, expansion, etc. play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.

    Category: Machinery

  4. a snarled line on the reel of a casting fisherman.

    Category: Sport

Origin of backlash:

1805–15

Princeton's WordNet

  1. recoil, repercussion, rebound, backlash(noun)

    a movement back from an impact

  2. backlash(verb)

    an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence

    "there was a backlash of intolerance"

  3. backfire, backlash, recoil(verb)

    come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect

    "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

Wiktionary

  1. backlash(Noun)

    A sudden backward motion.

  2. backlash(Noun)

    A reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.

    The public backlash to the proposal was quick and insistent.

  3. backlash(Noun)

    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. backlash(Noun)

    The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.

  5. backlash(Verb)

    To cause or set off a backlash.

  6. Origin: From back + lash.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Backlash(noun)

    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; also, the jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion

Freebase

  1. Backlash

    Backlash is a fictional character from the Wildstorm universe that first appeared in StormWatch #3 in 1993 and was featured in his own comic book series, which ran from 1994 to 1997. His daughter Jodi has adopted the name. Since Worldstorm event that has transpired in the Wildstorm Universe it has been stated that the character will be returning to the printed page.

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