What does whip mean?

Definitions for whip
ʰwɪp, wɪpwhip

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. whip(noun)

    an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping

  2. whip, party whip(noun)

    a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline

  3. whip(noun)

    a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit

  4. whip(noun)

    (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club

  5. whip, lash, whiplash(verb)

    a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object

    "the whip raised a red welt"

  6. flog, welt, whip, lather, lash, slash, strap, trounce(verb)

    beat severely with a whip or rod

    "The teacher often flogged the students"; "The children were severely trounced"

  7. worst, pip, mop up, whip, rack up(verb)

    defeat thoroughly

    "He mopped up the floor with his opponents"

  8. whip(verb)

    thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash

    "The tall grass whipped in the wind"

  9. whip, lash(verb)

    strike as if by whipping

    "The curtain whipped her face"

  10. whisk, whip(verb)

    whip with or as if with a wire whisk

    "whisk the eggs"

  11. blister, scald, whip(verb)

    subject to harsh criticism

    "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community"


  1. whip(Noun)

    A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals

  2. whip(Noun)

    A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.

  3. whip(Noun)

    Whipped cream.

  4. whip(Noun)

    A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.

  5. whip(Noun)

    (slang/African American Vernacular English) A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.

  6. whip(Noun)

    A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.

  7. whip(Verb)

    To hit with a whip.

    whip the horse.

  8. whip(Verb)

    By extension, to hit with any flexible object.

    I whipped her with a newspaper.

  9. whip(Verb)

    To defeat.

  10. whip(Verb)

    To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.

    Can you whip this to make the sauce smoother.

  11. whip(Verb)

    To urge into action.

    He whipped the department into shape.

  12. whip(Verb)

    To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling

  13. whip(Verb)

    To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.

  14. whip(Verb)

    To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.

  15. whip(Verb)

    To snap back and forth like a whip.

  16. whip(Verb)

    To move very fast.

  17. whip(Verb)

    To transfer momentum from one skater to another.

  18. Origin: From hwippen or whippen. Middle High German wipfen, wepfen and Middle Dutch wippen, possibly all from a wip. Some similarity to Sanskrit root वेपति, vibro. (See Swedish vippa and Danish vippe).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Whip(verb)

    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

  2. Whip(verb)

    to drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top

  3. Whip(verb)

    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

  4. Whip(verb)

    to apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to

  5. Whip(verb)

    to thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat

  6. Whip(verb)

    to beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like

  7. Whip(verb)

    to conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass

  8. Whip(verb)

    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

  9. Whip(verb)

    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

  10. Whip(verb)

    to take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into, out, up, off, and the like

  11. Whip(verb)

    to hoist or purchase by means of a whip

  12. Whip(verb)

    to secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff

  13. Whip(verb)

    to fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip

  14. Whip(verb)

    to move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner

  15. Whip(verb)

    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

  16. Whip(verb)

    a coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip

  17. Whip(verb)

    one of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread

  18. Whip(verb)

    the length of the arm reckoned from the shaft

  19. Whip(verb)

    a small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies

  20. Whip(verb)

    the long pennant. See Pennant (a)

  21. Whip(verb)

    a huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in

  22. Whip(verb)

    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

  23. Whip(verb)

    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

  24. Origin: [OE. whippen to overlay, as a cord, with other cords, probably akin to G. & D. wippen to shake, to move up and down, Sw. vippa, Dan. vippe to swing to and fro, to shake, to toss up, and L. vibrare to shake. Cf. Vibrate.]


  1. Whip

    A whip is a tool traditionally used by humans to exert control over animals or other people, through pain compliance or fear of pain, although in some activities whips can be used without use of pain, such as an additional pressure aid in dressage. Whips are generally of two types, either a firm stick device designed to strike directly, or a flexible whip which must be swung in a specific manner to be effective, but has a longer reach. There are also whips which combine both a firm stick and a flexible line, such as hunting whips. The majority of whips are designed for use on animals, although whips such as the "cat o' nine tails" and knout were designed specifically for flagellation of humans as a means of a corporal punishment or torture. Whips can be used on oneself as part of a religious practice, or on consenting persons during BDSM activities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Whip

    hwip, n. that which whips: a lash with a handle for punishing or driving: a driver, coachman: one who enforces the attendance of a political party: a whipper-in, the person who manages the hounds: a call made on members of parliament to be in their places against important divisions: a simple form of hoisting apparatus, a small tackle consisting of a single rope and block.—v.t. to strike with a lash: to drive or punish with lashes: to lash with sarcasm: (coll.) to beat, outdo: to beat into a froth, as eggs, cream, &c.: to keep together, as a party: to fish with fly: to overlay, as one cord with another, to enwrap, lay regularly on: to sew lightly: to overcast, as a seam: to move quickly, snatch (with up, away, out).—v.i. to move nimbly: to make a cast in fishing with fly:—pr.p. whip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. whipped, whipt.—ns. Whip′-and-der′ry, a hoisting apparatus—same as whip above; Whip′cat, a tailor; Whip′cord, cord for making whips.—adj. Whip′cordy, tough like whipcord.—v.t. Whip′-graft, to graft by fitting a tongue cut on the scion to a slit cut slopingly in the stock.—ns. Whip′-hand, the hand that holds the whip: advantage over; Whip′-hand′le, the handle or stock of a whip: an advantage; Whip′jack, a poor whining seaman who never was at sea; Whip′lash, the lash of a whip; Whip′per, one who whips: an officer who inflicts the penalty of whipping; Whip′per-in, one who keeps the hounds from wandering, and whips them in to the line of chase: one who enforces the discipline of a party; Whip′per-snap′per, a pretentious but insignificant person; Whip′ping, act of whipping: punishment with the whip or lash: a defeat: a binding of twine, as at the end of a rope: in bookbinding, the sewing of the edges of single leaves in sections by overcasting the thread—also Whip′-stitch′ing; Whip′ping-boy, a boy formerly educated along with a prince and bearing his punishments for him; Whip′ping-cheer (Shak.), chastisement; Whip′ping-post, a post to which offenders are tied to be whipped: the punishment itself; Whip′-saw, a saw usually set in a frame, for dividing timber lengthwise, and commonly worked by two persons.—v.t. to cut with a whip-saw: to have the advantage of a person at every point.—ns. Whip′-snake, a name given in North America to various species of the genus Masticophis (esp. M. flagelliformis, the coach-whip snake, four to five feet long, slender, and harmless), as also to species of Philodryas, of Passerita, &c.; Whip′-sock′et, a socket to hold the butt of a whip; Whip′-staff, the handle of a whip; Whip′ster (Shak.), same as Whipper-snapper; Whip′-stitch, a kind of half-ploughing—raftering: a hasty composition: a tailor; Whip′-stock, the rod or handle of a whip.—adjs. Whip′-tail, -

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. whip

    A single rope rove through a single block to hoist in light articles. Where greater and steadier power is demanded, a block is added, and the standing part is made fast near the upper block. Thus it becomes a double whip.--To whip. To hoist by a whip. Also, to tie twine, whipping fashion, round the end of a rope to prevent its untwisting.

  2. whip

    A strong staff fastened into the helm for the steersman to move the rudder thereby.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of whip in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of whip in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of whip in a Sentence

  1. John Cornyn:

    Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn will sign a clean CR.

  2. The Dhammapada:

    A Nobel horse Doesent feel the crack of his masters whip

  3. Mike Turner:

    There could not have been a budget had the whip team not intervened.

  4. Steve Scalise:

    I've got a job right now as the House majority whip and there's a lot more we need to do.

  5. Steve Scalise:

    With her background as majority whip in West Virginia, she was the perfect person to add on to the whip team.

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