A whip is a tool traditionally used by humans to exert control over animals or other people, through pain compliance or fear of pain, although in some activities whips can be used without use of pain, such as an additional pressure aid in dressage. Whips are generally of two types, either a firm stick device designed to strike directly, or a flexible whip which must be swung in a specific manner to be effective, but has a longer reach. There are also whips which combine both a firm stick and a flexible line, such as hunting whips.

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  1. A lash; a pliant, flexible instrument, such as a rod (commonly of cane or rattan) or a plaited or braided rope or thong (commonly of leather) used to create a sharp "crack" sound for directing or herding animals
    1. Same instrument used to strike a person or animal for corporal punishment or torture.
  2. A member of a political party who is in charge of enforcing the party's policies in votes.
  3. Whipped cream.
  4. A purchase in which one block is used to gain a 2:1 mechanical advantage.
  5. A mode of personal motorized transportation; an automobile, all makes and models including motorcycles, excluding public transportation.
  6. A move in which one player transfers momentum to another.


  1. To hit with a whip.
    The rider whipped the horse.
  2. By extension, to hit with any flexible object.
    I whipped her with a newspaper.
  3. To defeat, as in a contest or game.
  4. To mix in a rapid aerating fashion, especially food.
    to whip eggs or cream
  5. To urge into action.
    He whipped the department into shape.
  6. To bind the end of a rope with twine or other small stuff to prevent its unlaying: fraying or unravelling.
  7. To hoist or purchase by means of a whip.
  8. To sew lightly; specifically, to form (a fabric) into gathers by loosely overcasting the rolled edge and drawing up the thread.
    to whip a ruffle
  9. To throw or kick an object at a high velocity.
  10. To fish a body of water especially by making repeated casts.
  11. To snap back and forth like a whip.
  12. To move very fast.
  13. To move (something) very fast; often with up, out, etc.
  14. To transfer momentum from one skater to another.
  15. To lash with sarcasm, abuse, etc.
  16. To thrash; to beat out, as grain, by striking.
    to whip wheat

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