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Meaning of BACKLASH

Pronunciation:  'bak`lash

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence; "there was a backlash of intolerance"
  2. [n]  a movement back from an impact
  3. [v]  have an unexpected and undesired effect; "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"

BACKLASH is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: backfire, rebound, recoil, repercussion
 See Also: bounce, bouncing, carom, motion, movement, oppose, react, reaction, resilience, resiliency, ricochet, white backlash, whitelash



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Back"lash`\, n. [Back, adv. + lash.] (Mech.)
The distance through which one part of connected machinery,
as a wheel, piston, or screw, can be moved without moving the
connected parts, resulting from looseness in fitting or from
wear; also, the jarring or reflex motion caused in badly
fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse
of motion.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: antagonism, antipathy, backfire, backlashing, backwash, boomerang, bounce, bounce back, bound, carom, clashing, clout, collision, conflict, confutation, contradiction, contraposition, contrariety, contrecoup, counteraction, counterposition, counterworking, crankiness, crotchetiness, dissent, force, friction, impact, impress, impression, imprint, interference, kick, kick back, kickback, mark, nonconformity, opposition, opposure, oppugnance, oppugnancy, perverseness, print, reaction, rebound, rebuff, recalcitrance, recalcitration, recoil, reflex, renitency, repercussion, repugnance, repulse, resilience, resistance, response, revolt, ricochet, spring, swimming upstream