Definitions of whip

  1. To move nimbly; to start suddenly and run; to turn and run.
  2. 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.
  3. To drive with lashes or strokes of a whip; to cause to rotate by lashing with a cord; as, to whip a top.
  4. 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.
  5. To apply that which hurts keenly to; to lash, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; to apply cutting language to.
  6. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; as, to whip wheat.
  7. To beat ( eggs, cream, or the like) into a froth, as with a whisk, fork, or the like.
  8. To conquer; to defeat, as in a contest or game; to beat; to surpass.
  9. 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.
  10. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  11. To secure the end of ( a rope, or the like) from untwisting by overcasting it with small stuff.
  12. To fish ( a body of water) with a rod and artificial fly, the motion being that employed in using a whip.
  13. 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.
  14. A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good whip.
  15. One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread.
  16. The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
  17. A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies.
  18. The long pennant. See Pennant ( a)
  19. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper- in.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. To take or move by a sudden motion; to jerk; to snatch; - with into, out, up, off, and the like.
  24. To strike or punish with a lash or rod; flog; to take, snatch, or jerk; with out, off, from, etc.; as, he whipped out his pistol and fired; colloquially, to defeat in a contest; conquer; as, the home team was badly whipped; beat into a froth; as, to whip cream; beat out; to overcast, as a seam; to bind the end of ( a rope), to prevent it from fraying out; to wrap regularly, as a rope; fish in with a rod and artificial fly; as, to whip a stream for trout.
  25. To take or seize with a sudden motion: to snatch: to carry or convey suddenly and rapidly- usually followed by some preposition or adverb, as away, from, out, into, up, and the like. “ I whipt me behind the arras.”- Shak.; “ Whips out his rapier.”- Shak., “ She, in a hurry, whips up her darling under her arm.”- Sir R. LEstrange; “ He whips out his pocket- book every moment, and writes descriptions of everything he sees.”- H. Walpole; to sew slightly; to form into gathers; as to whip a ruffle; to overlay, as rope, cord, etc., with a cord, twine, or thread going round and round it; to in wrap- generally with about, around, over, or the like; “ Whipped over either with gold thread, silver, or silk.”- Stubbes: to strike with a whip or lash or with anything tough and flexible; to lash; as, to whip a horse: to punish with a whip, scourge, birch, or the like; to flog; as to whip a vagrant; to whip a perverse boy; “ Who for false quantities was whipp’ d at school.” Dryden: to drive with lashes; to make to turn or rotate with lashes; as, to whip a top; “ Since I plucked geese, played truant, and whipped top.”- Shak.: to lash in a figurative sense; to treat with cutting severity, as with sarcasm, abuse, or the like; “ The league between virtue and nature engages all things to assume a hostile front to vice. The beautiful laws and substances of the world persecute and whip the traitor.”- Emerson: to thrash; to beat out, as grain by striking; as, to whip wheat: ( naut.) to hoist or purchase by means of a rope passed through a single pulley: to beat; to overcome; to surpass; “ We can whip all creations.”- Lever: to fish in with rod and line; as, to whip a stream; “ To whip the trout stream.”- Lever: to beat into a froth, as eggs, cream, etc., with a whisk, fork, spoon, or the like.
  26. To strike with a whip: sew lightly.
  27. To strike with a whip; flog.
  28. To effect by or as by blows of a whip.
  29. To move or sweep with a lashing motion.
  30. To move nimbly; to start or turn suddenly and do something; to whisk; as, he whipped around the corner.
  31. To move nimbly; start suddenly and run.
  32. To move nimbly: to start suddenly and run: or to turn and run: as, the boy whipped away in an instant; he whipped round the corner.
  33. scorch with words; " blistering criticism; whipping comments"
  34. strike as if by whipping; " The curtain whipped her face"
  35. colloquial usage; defeat thoroughly; " He mopped up the floor with his opponents"
  36. thrash about flexibly in the manner of a whiplash; " The tall grass whipped in the wind"
  37. To move nimbly.
  38. To snatch; to strike with a lash or sweeping cord; to drive by lashing; to punish with a whip; to lash with sarcasm; to strike; to thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking; to beat into a froth; to sew slightly. To whip about or round, to wrap; to inwrap. To whip out, to draw nimbly; to snatch. To whip from, to take away suddenly. To whip into, to thrust in with a quick motion. To whip up, to seize or take up with a quick motion.
  39. To strike or beat with a quick motion; to strike with a lash or anything flexible; to correct with lashes; to beat into froth, as cream; to sew slightly.
  40. Whipping.
  41. a legislator appointed by the party to enforce discipline
  42. an instrument with a handle and a flexible lash that is used for whipping
  43. ( golf) the flexibility of the shaft of a golf club
  44. a dessert made of sugar and stiffly beaten egg whites or cream and usually flavored with fruit
  45. subject to harsh criticism; " The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; " the professor scaled the students"; " your invectives scorched the community"
  46. defeat thoroughly; " He mopped up the floor with his opponents"
  47. 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.
  48. 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.
  49. An instrument with a lash, used for driving animals or for correction; one who drives horses.
  50. Whipper.
  51. An instrument for driving horses, cattle, etc., or for correction, consisting commonly of a handle, to which is attached a thong of plaited leather: a coachman or driver of a carriage; as a good whip; “ Major Benson, who was a famous whip, took his seat on the box of the barouche.”- Miss Edgeworth: ( naut.) a rope passed through a single block or pulley used to hoist light bodies: one of the radii or arms of a wind- mill to which the sails are attached; also, the length of the arm reckoned from the shaft: in the British parliament, ( a) a member who performs the non- official but important duties of looking after the interests of his party, and who secures the attendance of as many members as possible at important divisions; as, the Liberal whip, the Conservative, whip; ( b) 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.
  52. A lash with a handle: driver.
  53. An instrument consisting of a handle and lash, or the like, used for driving draft - animals or for administering punishment.
  54. A driver.
  55. A rope and pulley used for hoisting, etc.
  56. An instrument for driving horses or other teams, or for correction, consisting of a lash tied to a handle or rod; a coachman or driver of a carriage, as, a good whip; a small tackle with a single rope used to hoist light bodies; the length of the sail of a windmill; a member of Parliament whose duty it is to summon the members of his party to be present at the division of the House on an important party- question; the summons itself. Whip and spur, with the utmost haste.
  57. A lash of plaited cords or suchlike tied to a handle; a small lift- purchase made by a rope rove through a single block; a tied- up flag used for signalling.