Whip, n. [OE. whippe. See Whip, v. t.]
1. 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. "[A] whip's lash."
In his right hand he holds a whip, with which he is supposed to drive the horses of the sun.Addison.
2. A coachman; a driver of a carriage; as, a good
(Mach.) (a) One of the arms or frames of a windmill, on which the sails are spread. (b) The length of the arm reckoned from the shaft.
(Naut.) (a) A small tackle with a single rope, used to hoist light bodies. (b) The long pennant. See Pennant (a)
5. A huntsman who whips in the hounds; whipper-in.
(Eng. Politics) (a) 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. (b) 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.
7. 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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
(Mech.) 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.
[Webster 1913 Suppl.]
Whip and spur, with the utmost haste. --
Whip purchase, a simple form of crane having a small drum from which the load is suspended, turned by pulling on a rope wound around larger drum on the same axle. --
Whip gin. See
Gin block, under 5th Gin. --
Whip grafting. See under Grafting. --
Whip hand, the hand with which the whip is used; hence, advantage; mastery; as, to have or get the
whip hand of a person.
(Zol.), the European eagle ray. See under Ray. --
(Weaving), a roll or bar, behind the reeds in a loom, on which the warp threads rest. --
(Zol.), any one of numerous species of arachnids belonging to Thelyphonus and allied genera. They somewhat resemble true scorpions, but have a long, slender bristle, or lashlike organ, at the end of the body, instead of a sting. --
(Zol.), any one of various species of slender snakes. Specifically: (a) A bright green South American tree snake (Philodryas viridissimus) having a long and slender body. It is not venomous. Called also
emerald whip snake. (b) The coachwhip snake.
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