Definitions for: Backlash

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

Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: backfire, rebound, recoil, repercussion

See Also: bounce, bouncing, carom, motion, movement, oppose, react, reaction, resilience, resiliency, ricochet, white backlash, whitelash

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