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Definition of whip:

  1. 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.
  2. A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.
  3. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper- in.
  4. 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.
  5. A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
  10. The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
  11. The long pennant. See Pennant ( a)
  12. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
  13. To beat ( eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
  14. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
  15. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
  16. To fish ( a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.
  17. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  18. To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. To secure the end of ( a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; - with into, out, up, off, and the like.
  25. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.


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