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whip

Definitions

  • "Hi! Whip behind!"
    "Hi! Whip behind!"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v whip subject to harsh criticism "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday","the professor scaled the students","your invectives scorched the community"
    • v whip defeat thoroughly "He mopped up the floor with his opponents"
    • v whip strike as if by whipping "The curtain whipped her face"
    • v whip beat severely with a whip or rod "The teacher often flogged the students","The children were severely trounced"
    • v whip whip with or as if with a wire whisk "whisk the eggs"
    • v whip thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash "The tall grass whipped in the wind"
    • n whip a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object "the whip raised a red welt"
    • n whip an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
    • n whip (golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
    • n whip a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
    • n whip a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Whipping down the leather Whipping down the leather
She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189 She Whipped out a Long Knife. 189
man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound man on horseback waving whip at wolfhound
"WHIP-BEHIND." "WHIP-BEHIND."

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The tip of a bullwhip moves so fast that it breaks the sound barrier. The crack of the whip is actually a tiny sonic boom.
    • Whip (Eng. Politics) 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.
    • Whip A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip .
    • Whip A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.
    • Whip (Eng. Politics) 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.
    • Whip (Naut) A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
    • Whip 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.
    • Whip 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. "A whip's lash.""In his right hand he holds a whip, with which he is supposed to drive the horses of the sun."
    • Whip (Mech) 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.
    • Whip (Mach) One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
    • Whip (Mach) The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
    • Whip (Naut) The long pennant. See Pennant
    • Whip To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to. "They would whip me with their fine wits."
    • Whip To beat (eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
    • Whip To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
    • Whip To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
    • Whip To fish (a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip. "Whipping their rough surface for a trout."
    • Whip (Naut) To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
    • v. i Whip To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner. "With speed from thence he whipped .""Two friends, traveling, met a bear upon the way; the one whips up a tree, and the other throws himself flat upon the ground."
    • Whip 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. "Its string is firmly whipped about with small gut."
    • Whip 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. "Who, for false quantities, was whipped at school."
    • Whip (Naut) To secure the end of (a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
    • Whip 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. "In half- whipped muslin needles useless lie."
    • Whip 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.
    • Whip To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; -- with into out up off, and the like. "She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm.""He whips out his pocketbook every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees."
    • Whip To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Kraft company produces enough "Cool Whip", a brand of whipping cream, in one year to fill the entire Grand Canyon
    • n whip See the extract.
    • n whip In pianoforte-making, the crosspiece at the top of an action-extension which bears and operates both the hammer-and the damper-action. Also called jack-whip. See the cut under pianoforte.
    • n whip A light line used in marine life-saving apparatus, run as an endless circuit from the shore around a sheave on the vessel and back to the shore. The breeches-buoy is operated by such a whip.
    • n whip One who operates a whip-hoisting or whip-conveying line.
    • whip To move suddenly and nimbly; start (in, out, away, etc.) with sudden quickness: as, to whip round the corner and disappear.
    • whip In angling, to cast the line or the fly by means of the rod with a motion like that of using a whip; make a cast.
    • whip To move, throw, put, pull, carry, or the like, with a sudden, quick motion; snatch: usually followed by some preposition or adverb, as away, from, in, into, off, on, out, up, etc.: as, to whip out a sword or a revolver.
    • whip To overlay, as a cord, rope, etc., with a cord, twine, or thread going round and round it; inwrap; seize; serve with twine, thread, or the like wound closely and tightly round and round: generally with about, around, over, etc.
    • whip To lay regularly on; serve in regular circles round and round.
    • whip To sew with an over and over stitch, as two pieces of cloth whose edges are laid or stitched together; overcast: as, to whip a seam.
    • whip To gather by a kind of combination running and overhand stitch: as, to whip a ruffle.
    • whip Nautical, to hoist or purchase by means of a rope passed through a single pulley.
    • whip To strike with a whip or lash, or with anything tough and flexible; lash; use a whip upon: as, to whip a horse.
    • whip To punish with a whip, scourge, birch, or the like; flog: as, to whip a vagrant; to whip a perverse boy.
    • whip To outdo; overcome; beat: as, to whip creation.
    • whip To drive with lashes.
    • whip To lash, in a figurative sense; treat with cutting severity, as with sarcasm or abuse.
    • whip To cause to spin or rotate by lashing with a whip or scourge-stick: said of a top.
    • whip To thrash; beat out, as grain by striking: as, to whip wheat.
    • whip To beat into a froth, as eggs, cream, etc., with a whisk, fork, spoon, or other implement.
    • whip To fish upon with a fly or other bait; draw a fly or other bait along the surface of: as, to whip a stream.
    • whip To bring or keep together as a party whip does: as, to whip a party into line. See whip, n., 3 .
    • whip To go from house to house to work, as a tailor or other workman. Compare whip-cat.
    • whip To get tipsy.
    • n whip An instrument for flagellation, whether in driving animals or in punishing human beings; a scourge. In its typical form it is composed of a lash of some kind fastened upon a handle more or less rigid; the common form of horse-whip has little or no lash, being a long, tapering, and very pliant switch-like rod of wood, whalebone, or other material, usually wound or braided over with thread.
    • n whip One who handles a whip, as in driving a coach or carriage; a driver: as, an expert whip.
    • n whip A whipper-in. Specifically
    • n whip In English parliamentary usage, a member who performs certain non-official but important duties in looking after the interests of his party, especially the securing of the attendance of as many members as possible at important divisions: as, the Liberal whip; the Conservative whip. See the quotation.
    • n whip A call made upon the members of a party to be in their places at a certain time: as, both parties have issued a rigorous whip in. view of the expected division.
    • n whip A contrivance for hoisting, consisting of a rope and pulley and usually a snatch-block, and worked by one or more horses which in hoisting walk a way from thething hoisted. In mining usually called whip-and-derry. See cut under cable-laid.
    • n whip One of the radii or arms of a windmill, to which the sails are attached; also, the length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
    • n whip In angling, the leader of an angler's cast with its flies attached. The fly at the end is the drag-fly, tail-fly, or stretcher; those above are the drop-flies, droppers, or bobbers. More fully called a whip of flies.
    • n whip A vibrating spring used as an electric cir cuitcloser for testing capacity. The spring is permanently connected to one plate of the condenser or cable, and vibrates between two studs, contact with one of which closes a battery circuit, and with the other a galvanometer circuit. The condenser is thus in rapid succession charged from the battery and discharged through the galvanometer. The indications of the latter are thus proportional to the rate of vibration and the capacity of the condenser.
    • n whip A slender rod or flexible pole used instead of stakes to mark the bounds of oyster-beds.
    • n whip The common black swift, Cypselus apus.
    • n whip A preparation of cream, eggs, etc., beaten to a froth.
    • whip With a sudden change; at once; quick.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: As artists and traders in medieval cities began to form organizations, they instituted tough initiation ceremonies. For example, journeymen in Bergen, Norway, were shoved down a chimney, thrown three times into the sea, and soundly whipped.
    • n Whip hwip 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 Whip to strike with a lash: to drive or punish with lashes: to lash with sarcasm:
    • v.i Whip to move nimbly: to make a cast in fishing with fly:—pr.p. whip′ping; pa.t. and pa.p. whipped, whipt
    • v.t Whip to cut with a whip-saw: to have the advantage of a person at every point
    • v.t Whip (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)
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Quotations

  • Napoleon Hill
    Napoleon%20Hill
    “No man is ever whipped until he quits in his own mind.”
  • Nicholas Rowe
    Nicholas Rowe
    “Guilt is the source of sorrows, the avenging fiend that follows us behind with whips and stings.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “Love well, whip well.”
  • Diogenes of Sinope
    Diogenes of Sinope
    “Why not whip the teacher when the pupil misbehaves?”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “There is no person so severely punished, as those who subject themselves to the whip of their own remorse.”
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe
    Harriet%20Beecher%20Stowe
    “Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.”

Idioms

Fair crack of the whip - (UK) If everybody has a fair crack of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
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Fair shake of the whip - (USA) If everybody has a fair shake of the whip, they all have equal opportunities to do something.
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Smart as a whip - A person who is smart as a whip is very clever.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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

Usage

In literature:

You're afraid of anybody that Pewee can't whip.
"The Hoosier School-boy" by Edward Eggleston
He had a little whip that David had made for him.
"Caleb in the Country" by Jacob Abbott
It is the same, in its way, with the Whip.
"The Strand Magazine, Volume V, Issue 30, June 1893" by Various
My eye fell upon the whip, which rested in the socket at the end of the seat.
"Down The River" by Oliver Optic
Just before serving add one-half pint of whipped cream.
"The Community Cook Book" by Anonymous
Here was not only insurance against a whipping, but that which lent him a peculiar and desirable distinction.
"The Rich Little Poor Boy" by Eleanor Gates
Richard respected the boy he could not whip, and they had become friends, or, at least, associates.
"In School and Out" by Oliver Optic
I declare, he deserves a good whipping for imposing upon me so.
"Little Grandfather" by Sophie May
Ross laughed long and riotously, but he was trembling like a whipped cur.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Place over all some whipped aspic jelly; strew lobster coral over them.
"Choice Cookery" by Catherine Owen
Whip half a pint of cream, sweeten to taste and put over pineapples.
"The Suffrage Cook Book"
When cool fill with whipped cream.
"The Cookery Blue Book" by Society for Christian Work of the First Unitarian Church, San Francisco, California
They were engaged for the most part in inquiring about her matrimonial prospects, and why she had carried that dog-whip.
"The Convert" by Elizabeth Robins
The wind whipped the sand and ashes and smoke over the sleepers.
"The Boy Scouts Book of Campfire Stories" by Various
Curly was hardly prepared to see the color whip into her cheeks or to meet the quick stabbing look she fastened on him.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
That is to say, he teaches while he whips, and whips while he teaches.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
As soon as he could recover himself Kempthorne whipped out his sword.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
It is waste of time to begin whipping until the sponge is on the point of setting.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
His hat was whipped off his head.
"In the Shadow of the Hills" by George C. Shedd
Whipping through the clouds, the guarding search-rays of San Francisco were soon visible.
"Astounding Stories, February, 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

What if his glance is bold and free,
His mouth the lash of whips?
So should the eyes of lovers be
And so a lovers lips.
"To A Brown Girl" by Countee Cullen
Soon I heard him tell old Mistus
We're bound to have a fight;
But we'll whip the Yankees, mother,
We'll whip them sure as night!"
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
What, none of these?--Then, whence thy pain?
To guess it who's the skill?
Pray have the kindness to explain
Why should I whip poor Will?
"The Whip-Poor-Will." by George Pope Morris
When conquer'd by the tongue or whip,
There's nothing left but to submit;
For William, and his purchas'd bride,
Are doom'd for ever to divide.
"The Pleasures Of Matrimony" by William Hutton
She has mounted on her true love's steed,
By the ae light o' the moon;
She has whipped him and spurred him,
And roundly she rade frae the toun.
"Sir Roland" by Andrew Lang
Our preachers, too, with whip and cord,
Command obedience in the Lord;
They say they learn it from the book,
But for ourselves we dare not look.
"A Song For Freedom" by Anonymous Americas

In news:

The Bishop High senior Broncos opened up Homecoming Week, Oct 8, seriously whipping the juniors 26-0.
UV Chocolate Cake and Whipped vodkas.
Tonight, one chef is showing us how to whip up chocolate into a decadent dessert.
2 1/2 cups whipping cream.
1 1/4 cup whipping cream.
Designers Whip Up a Buffet of Fashion Out of Food.
Darren Michaels Ellen Page stars as an amateur roller-derby queen in Drew Barrymore's "Whip It".
House Minority Whip Eric Cantor, R-Va. Tells reporters that a bullet was fired into his Richmond campaign office.
It's a near-mandate that a writer's end-of-year column has to be on one of three topics, each a cinch to whip out so we can leave early to be with our real or imagined families.
A man was arrested for allegedly using a can of whip cream to huff just hours after he was released from the Palm Beach County Jail for doing the exact same thing, police said.
Lowell gets whipped around in OC, has to takes cover.
House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer is a fixture on Capitol Hill.
Whipped Baccala at Caffe Storico, Dish #41.
'Iron Man 2' is essentially a mid-life crisis movie, augmented with explosions, high-tech brawls and a couple of awesome electric whips.
The biggest slopestyle, big huck, flip, whip, trick-tastic event of the year.
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In science:

As a supernova explosion engulfs a star’s envelope, the velocity of its leading shock front responds to two competing trends: a general deceleration as increasing mass is swept up, and a tendency to accelerate down any sharply declining density gradient (in a manner analogous to the cracking of a whip).
Trans-Relativistic Supernovae, Circumstellar Gamma-Ray Bursts, and Supernova 1998bw
Delays may cause unstable system behavior (such as bull-whip effects), and over-critical perturbations can create cascading failures .
Fundamental and Real-World Challenges in Economics
Today we see the sharp contures of the Standard Model1) in front of us, like the contures of the Wulingyan mountains seen from the Golden Whip Stream.
The Physics of Flavor is the Flavor of Physics
And then, the ”whipping boy” becomes the academic Mathematician and his or her teaching.
Difficulties with Learning and Teaching Calculus
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