from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Something used for securing or binding.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something used to tie something or lash it to something.
  • n. : plenty of
  • v. Present participle of lash.
  • v. raining heavily.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who, or that which, lashes; castigation; chastisement.
  • n. See 2d lasher.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of whipping or flogging; a scourging.
  • n. A rope or cord for binding or making fast one thing to another.
  • n. A profusion or great plenty; a bountiful or unstinted supply: usually in the plural: as, lashings of beer.
  • Lavish.
  • n. plural In mining, planks spiked on the inside of shaft-timbering to hold the frames in place.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rope that is used for fastening something to something else
  • adj. violently urging on by whipping or flogging
  • n. beating with a whip or strap or rope as a form of punishment


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  • My adjectival use: 'The lashing rain soaked us through.'

    August 22, 2011