2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Backlash \Back"lash'\ (b[a^]k"l[a^]sh'), noun [Back, adverb + lash.]

1. (Mech.) 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.

2. A strong and sudden reverse movement in a moving part of a machine. [PJC]

3. A strong popular reaction serving to counter the effect of an action; -- used especially of adverse reactions to social or political developments. [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: a movement back from an impact [syn: {recoil}, {repercussion}, {rebound}, {backlash}]

2: an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence; "there was a backlash of intolerance"


1: come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble" [syn: {backfire}, {backlash}, {recoil}]

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