Definition of Whip

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

Homophones of Whip


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