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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Backlash  \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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  backlash 
  n  1:  a  movement  back  from  an  impact  [syn:  {recoil},  {repercussion}, 
  {rebound}] 
  2:  an  adverse  reaction  to  some  political  or  social  occurrence; 
  "there  was  a  backlash  of  intolerance" 
  v  :  have  an  unexpected  and  undesired  effect;  "Your  comments  may 
  backfire  and  cause  you  a  lot  of  trouble"  [syn:  {backfire}] 




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