- the lash of a whip.
- an abrupt snapping motion or change of direction resembling the lash of a whip.
- Also whiplash injury. a neck injury caused by a sudden jerking backward, forward, or both, of the head: Whiplash resulted when their car was struck from behind.
- Also called whiplash curve. a connected series of reverse curves of more or less elliptical form, used as a major design motif in the Art Nouveau style.
- to beat, hit, throw, etc., with or as if with a whiplash.
- to affect adversely, as by a sudden change: new taxes whiplashing corporate earnings.
Origin of whiplash
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- med informal any injury to the neck resulting from a sudden thrusting forwards and snapping back of the unsupported headTechnical name: hyperextension-hyperflexion injury
- a quick lash or stroke of a whip or like that of a whip
- med See whiplash injury
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Word Origin and History for whiplash injury
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- A hyperextension-hyperflexion injury to the cervical spine caused by an abrupt jerking movement of the head, either in a backward or forward direction.
- Whiplash injury.
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