- the space between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow for a film of lubricant, binding from heat expansion and eccentricity, or manufacturing inaccuracies.
- play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.
verb (used without object)
Examples from the Web for backlash
The backlash from female voters was felt immediately in the polls.What Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Can Teach Hillary Clinton|Heather Arnet|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Have you seen any kind of backlash like that with So You Think You Can Dance?Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’|Kevin Fallon|October 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Many of these individuals may fear a backlash, given the controversial causes that they support.The $1-Billion-a-Year Right-Wing Conspiracy You Haven’t Heard Of|Jay Michaelson|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The backlash and bad publicity from the escape is much more than the warden ever wanted, but he will have to deal with it.
Much of his pro-Israel conservative base would have had no problem with these comments, so Cruz may not have expected a backlash.Christians Enraged With Cruz Over Pro-Israel Comments|Tim Mak|September 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Extrapolating Russian history, it would be reasonable to expect a backlash in the form of a counterrevolution.
As these unpleasant truths emerge, the bitterness, resentment and disillusionment will grow and a backlash will develop.
The backlash of that blast must have caught the majority of the lights also.Star Hunter|Andre Alice Norton
But he was sure of its source; it had not been any backlash of the Red caller!The Defiant Agents|Andre Alice Norton