from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act or practice of flagellating.
- n. Biology The flagellar arrangement on an organism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A beating consisting in lashes, notably as corporal punishment or mortification, such as (in principle implement-precise) a whipping or scourging.
- n. The formation by plants of flagella, or their arrangement.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A beating or flogging; a whipping; a scourging.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A whipping or flogging; the discipline of the scourge.
- n. In biology, the formation or development of flagella.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. beating as a source of erotic or religious stimulation
- n. beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment
From the verb flagellate 'to lash, whip', from Latin flagellatus 'flagellated', the past participle of flagellare 'to whip', itself from flagellum, the diminutive of flagrum 'whip' (Wiktionary)
From flagellum, 'elongated filiform appendage', itself a diminutive of Latin flagrum 'whip', so closely related to etymology 1 (Wiktionary)