Backlash Back"lash` (b[a^]k"l[a^]sh`), n. [Back, adv. + lash.] 1. (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. [1913 Webster]

2. A strong and sudden reverse movement in a moving part of a machine. [PJC]

3. A strong popular reaction serving to counter the effect of an action; -- used especially of adverse reactions to social or political developments. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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