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As a noun lash

is the thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.

As a verb lash

is to strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one or lash can be to bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.

As an adjective lash

is (obsolete) remiss, lax.

As a letter a is

the letter a with a tilde.



Etymology 1



  • The thong or braided cord of a whip, with which the blow is given.
  • * (Joseph Addison) (1672-1719)
  • I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
  • (label) A leash in which an animal is caught or held; hence, a snare.
  • A stroke with a whip, or anything pliant and tough.
  • A stroke of satire or sarcasm; an expression or retort that cuts or gives pain; a cut.
  • * (w, Roger L'Estrange) (1616-1704)
  • The moral is a lash at the vanity of arrogating that to ourselves which succeeds well.
  • A hair growing from the edge of the eyelid; an eyelash.
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.}}
  • In carpet weaving, a group of strings for lifting simultaneously certain yarns, to form the figure.
  • In British English, it refers to heavy drinking with friends, (i.e. We were out on the lash last night)
  • Verb

  • To strike with a lash; to whip or scourge with a lash, or with something like one.
  • We lash the pupil, and defraud the ward.
  • To strike forcibly and quickly, as with a lash; to beat, or beat upon, with a motion like that of a lash.
  • the whale lashes the sea with its tail.
    And big waves lash the frighted shores.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Carlo Ancelotti's out-of-sorts team struggled to hit the target in the first half as Bolton threatened with Matthew Taylor lashing just wide.}}
  • To throw out with a jerk or quickly.
  • He falls, and lashing up his heels, his rider throws.
  • To scold; to berate; to satirize; to censure with severity.
  • to lash vice
  • To ply the whip; to strike.
  • To utter censure or sarcastic language.
  • To laugh at follies, or to lash at vice.
  • (of rain) To fall heavily, especially in the phrase lash down
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=Tom Fordyce , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 16-12 Scotland , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=With rain lashing across the ground at kick-off and every man in Auckland seemingly either English-born or supporting Scotland, Eden Park was transformed into Murrayfield in March.}}

    See also

    * lash out

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) lachier, from (etyl)


  • To bind with a rope, cord, thong, or chain, so as to fasten.
  • to lash something to a spar
    lash a pack on a horse's back
    (to bind with a rope) * Finnish: (trans-mid) * Jèrriais: (t) (trans-bottom)

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) lasche'' (French '' ).


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Remiss, lax.
  • (obsolete) Relaxed.
  • Soft, watery, wet.
  • * 1658': Fruits being unwholesome and '''lash before the fourth or fifth Yeare. — Sir Thomas Browne, ''The Garden of Cyrus (Folio Society 2007, p. 211)
  • (Ulster) excellent, wonderful
  • ''We’re off school tomorrow, it’s gonna be lash !
    That Chinese (food) was lash !
  • Drunk.
  • a


    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) letter .


  • The first letter of the .
  • See also
    (Latn-script) *


  • (Marks the first item in a list)
  • A . Go to the store. B. Get some food. C. Return home. D. Eat.
  • A hypothetical item or person designated first when there are more than one.
  • Person A had 5 apples, and person B...
  • The hexadecimal digit for 10
  • 0x0000000A
    The value is hexadecimal A 0, or decimal 160.
  • A standard size of dry cell battery slightly larger than a AA battery.
  • A system of paper sizes with similar proportions, as , etc.
  • See also
    * (previous) , (next) B

    Etymology 2

    Abbreviation of various terms.


  • Symbol for the element Argon (Since 1956 has been changed to Ar).
  • area
  • Abbreviation

    (Abbreviation) (head)
  • ampere, a unit of electrical current.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for adenine in genetic code.
  • IUPAC 1-letter abbreviation for alanine in proteins.
  • Austria
  • See also

    {{Letter, page=A , NATO=Alpha , Morse=·– , Character=A1 , Braille=? }} Image:Latin A.png, Capital and lowercase versions of A , in normal and italic type File:Fraktur letter A.png, Uppercase and lowercase A in Fraktur File:UncialA-01.svg, A in uncial script