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Definition of the noun whiplash

What does whiplash mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: whiplashes

  1. an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration (as in an automobile accident)
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonym of whiplash: whiplash injury
    • more generic words: harm / hurt / injury / trauma = any physical damage to the body caused by violence or accident or fracture etc.
  2. a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of whiplash: lash / whip
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

Alternative definition of the noun whiplash


  1. the lash of a whip
  2. an injury to the upper spine caused by a violent jerk of the head in either a backward or forward or side to side direction

Definition of the verb whiplash

What does whiplash mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: whiplashed | whiplashing | whiplashes

  1. To jerk back and forth; to buffet
  2. To lash as if with a whip


  1. "Whiplash" is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
  2. "Whiplash" is a 2013 short film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
  3. Whiplash is a British/Australian television series made by the Seven Network and ATV and ITC Entertainment. Filmed in 1959-60, the series was first broadcast in September 1960 in the United Kingdom followed by Australia in February 1961 and had opening titles featuring the Australian locale and terrain and a dozen wild kangaroos as a Cobb & Co stage passed pulled by a team of five horses driven by Cobb himself.
    • begun on and completed on (53 years ago)
    • 34 episodes of 25 or 30 minutes each
    • countries: Australia, United Kingdom
    • regular cast: Peter Graves as Christopher Cobb
    • genres: Western, History, Action/Adventure, Drama
  4. "Whiplash" is a 1948 American film noir directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Kenneth Earl, Harriet Frank, Jr., Maurice Geraghty and Gordon Kahn. The film features Dane Clark, Alexis Smith, Zachary Scott and Eve Arden.
  5. "Whiplash" is a 1995 short film directed by Warren Sonbert and Jeff Scher.


  1. "Whiplash" is a platformer video game for the PlayStation 2 and Xbox where a long-tailed weasel chained to a rabbit must work together to escape from a product testing corporation known as Genron and putting the fat boss out of commission. The game is a basic platformer, with Spanx as the main character, and Redmond as more of a tool.
    • mode: Single-player video game
    • developer: Crystal Dynamics
    • genres: Platform game, Fighting game, Action game
    • publisher: Eidos Interactive
    • released on (11 years ago)
  2. "Whiplash" a.k.a. "Fatal Racing", known as Whiplash in the USA, is a 3D stunt car racing game developed by Gremlin Interactive and published in 1995 for DOS.


  1. Whiplash is the name of multiple fictional characters in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Each Whiplash is a supervillain in the Marvel Universe, with the first and latest appearing as prominent members of Iron Man's rogues gallery. The first Whiplash also went by the name Blacklash. The newest Whiplash is based on the version of the character that appears in the 2010 film Iron Man 2.
  2. Whiplash is a fictional character from the 2013 animation film Turbo.


  1. "Whiplash" is a song by American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the first single from their debut album, Kill 'Em All. The song has been covered a number of times, most notably by Motörhead whose version won a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.
  2. "Whiplash" is a song by American band Selena Gomez & the Scene, from their third studio album When the Sun Goes Down. The song was originally written for Britney Spears; after she started working on her sixth studio album Circus, Spears contacted Nicole Morier to write songs with her. Together, they wrote "Mmm Papi", "Rock Me In" and "Whiplash". The latter, which was produced by Greg Kurstin, who also helped to write the track, failed to make the album. In 2011, Selena Gomez recorded the song with her band for When the Sun Goes Down.
  3. "Whiplash" is the seventh studio album by British alternative rock band James. It contained the top ten hit "She's a Star" which re-established the group commercially. The sessions for the album were long and stretched over a period of more than 2 years with many unreleased songs being recorded – Brian Eno produced many of the early sessions and details some of these songs and the recording process in his book A Year with Swollen Appendices. The album was reissued in remastered form in 2001 with 4 bonus tracks.
  4. "Whiplash" is the 1983 single album by Metallica.
    • released on (31 years ago)
  5. "Whiplash" is New Zealand band Stellar's eleventh single, and their first single from their third album Something Like Strangers. This was Stellar's first new release in three years. It was released as an exclusive digital download from the New Zealand digital music download site Digirama. Whiplash would be the 44th most downloaded song at Digirama for 2006. The song was first mentioned by Chris Van de Geer at Stellar's official message board in April 2005 as having been a track that was almost complete. It was also mentioned as a possible single for the album. However, in a later post by Chris in December he stated that the song had recently almost completely re-recorded and was set for release. The song was compared to Scottish blues rock band Texas' style by the New Zealand Herald.
  6. "Whiplash" is a musical album of Tim Simonec & Justin Hurwitz, soundtrack.
    • released on
  7. "Whiplash" is a musical single of JFK.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  8. "Whiplash" a.k.a. "Whiplash (feat. G-Meter)" is a musical single of Overcharge.
    • released in (19 years ago)
  9. "Whiplash" is a musical album of Imogen.
    • released in (10 years ago)


  1. Whiplash is an American thrash metal/speed metal band. The band was founded in 1984 in Passaic, New Jersey by the three Tonys: Tony Portaro, Tony Scaglione and Tony Bono. This lineup recorded their debut album Power And Pain for Roadrunner Records in 1985. Joe Cangelosi replaced Tony Scaglione in 1986 when he left for a seven-week tour with Slayer. Joe Cangelosi recorded Ticket To Mayhem in 1987 with the two Tonys. In 1989, Glenn Hansen joined the band as the new singer for the album titled Insult to Injury. The band split up due to business reasons, but reunited in 1996 after Portaro and Scaglione joined forces in a revamped lineup of Billy Milano's M.O.D. for a European tour. Whiplash released two further albums, Cult of One and Sit, Stand, Kneel, Prey before the three Tonys recorded a final album together in 1998, Thrashback.
  2. Whiplash is a musical group.
    • album: "Whiplash"

There are other groups with in their name, like Meat Whiplash, Karmic Whiplash and Strawberry Whiplash.

Phrases with Whiplash

  1. whiplash injury
  2. Whiplash Dewberry
  3. Whiplash Saxifrage
  4. Whiplash Pappusgrass

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Whiplash

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Google previewAsk the Chiropractor II (2005)

by Steven Pollack

Answer: Seat-belt whiplash is a term used to describe an injury sustained secondary to the seatbelt tightening across your chest,

Whiplash is the rapid forward to back, back to forward or side to side motion of the upper torso or neck.

Google previewAuto Accident Personal Injury Insurance Claim (2002)

by Dan Baldyga

Whiplash is a convenient way of designating certain "Accident Facts" that produce injury in the spinal cervical area. The term carries no medical connotation that would properly bring it within the area of a medical diagnosis. A whiplash-type ...

Google previewStudy Resource for Saxe's Clinical Guidelines for Advanced Practice Nursing (2016)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Whiplash is a nonmedical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. The term 'whiplash' is a colloquialism. 'Cervical accelerationdeceleration' (CAD) ...

Google previewMedical Meanings (2003)

A Glossary of Word Origins by William S. Haubrich

whiplash is a highly descriptive word that conveys a ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Wall & Melzack's Textbook of Pain: Expert Consult - Online and Print (2013)

Medicine, Surgery by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Whiplash: Whiplash is a nonmedical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related toa sudden distortionof the neck associated with extension ...

Google previewRadiographic Pathology for Technologists (2015)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Whiplash: Whiplash is a nonmedical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. The term 'whiplash' is a colloquialism. 'Cervical accelerationdeceleration' ...

Google previewe-Study Guide for: Management of Temporomandibular Disorders and Occlusion (2012)

by Cram101 Textbook Reviews

Whiplash: Whiplash is a nonmedical term describing a range of injuries to the neck caused by or related to a sudden distortion of the neck associated with extension. The term 'whiplash' is a colloquialism.'Cervical accelerationdeceleration' ...

Google previewGolf Forever (2003)

by Jackson T. Stephens, T. Glenn Pait, Jack Sheehan

Whiplash is a hyperextension injury to the neck. Our necks are remarkable engineering feats, but sometimes they just can"t handle certain situations. Whiplash is one of those situations. This occurs when the head is extended too ...

Google previewIssues in Orthopedics and Occupational and Sports Medicine: 2011 Edition (2012)

Whiplash is the most common injury following a motor vehicle accident. Approximately 60% of people suffer persistent pain and disability six months post injury,” researchers in Sydney, Australia report. “Two forms of exercise; specific motor ...

Google previewReal Life 202 (2005)

by Jana Lee

Whiplash is a condition that can cause pain and disability for years after an accident. While medical doctors can rule out any immediate life threatening conditions, only chiropractors can correct nerve interference caused by misaligned ...

Google previewThe Secrets of Kyusho (2012)

Modern Pressure Points Fighting by Stefan Reinisch, Jürgen Höller, Axel Maluschka

Whiplash is a moderate form of injury to the marrow in the cervical spine and does not damage the vertebrae. It has the typical symptoms of headache, fatigue, dizziness and nausea. Serious forms of whiplash ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2014 (2013)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

DEFINITION Whiplash refers to a hyperextension injury to the neck, often the result of being struck from behind by a fast-moving vehicle. SYNONYMS Acceleration flexion-extension neck injury ICD-9CM CODES 847.0 Whiplash injury or ...

Google previewFirst Aid and Emergency Management in Orthopedic Injuries (2012)

by MS Dhillon, Sarvdeep S Dhatt

Common whiplash is a trauma causing cervical musculoligamental sprain or strain due to hyperextension-flexion (Fig. 20.3) and excludes fractures or dislocations of the cervical spine, head injury, or alteration of consciousness.4 A neck ...

Google previewFerri's Clinical Advisor 2015 Elsevieron VitalSource (2014)

5 Books in 1 by Fred F. Ferri

DEFINITION Whiplash refers to a hyperextension injury to the neck, often the result of being struck from behind by a fast-moving vehicle. SYNONYMS Acceleration flexion-extension neck injury ICD-9CM CODES 847.0 Whiplash injury or ...

Google previewInternational Adv Tech Apps Bi (1995)

by K. Mabuchi

INTRODUCTION Cervical whiplash is a well recognized clinical syndrome most commonly occurring following motor vehicle accidents where there is a rear-end collision and a flexion/hypertension cervical spine injury. Upper limb pain ...

Google previewDeep Tissue Massage Treatment - Elsevieron VitalSource (2012)

by Jeffrey Simancek

WHIPLASH. Whiplash is an injury involving a sudden acceleration and deceleration, which causes hyperextension or hyperflexion of the head and neck.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2011)

by Chad A. Noggle, Arthur MacNeill Horton

Whiplash or hyperextension injuries are two ways in which this compression may occur. Localized infections, inflammation, diabetes, or gout may also be possible causes of occipital neuralgias. However, most patients fall into the area of ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

whiplash injury injury to the spinal cord, nerve roots, ligaments or vertebrae in the cervical region due to a sudden jerking back of the head and neck. Common ...

Google previewThe English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years: T-Z. Supplement. Bibliography. Grammar (1905)

by Joseph Wright

-cracking, hard cord used for the en ofa whiplash ; (6) -crop, (a) see (3) ; (b) ...

Google previewBailliere's Midwives' Dictionary (2012)

by Denise Tiran

baby syndrome presence of unexplained fractures in baby's long bones plus evidence of subdural haematoma; caused by violent shaking, which produces whiplash effect, and rotational head movement, resulting in vomiting, convulsions , ...

Google previewThe Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (2007)

by the late Leonard Feather, Ira Gitler

“ Chain Reaction”; “Whiplash”; “Passacaglia and Fugue”; “Indra”; “Ambivalence.

Google previewThe Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words (2008)

by Diagram Group

whiplash injury Tearing of the muscles and ligaments around the cervical (neck) vertebrae by sudden head movement, often ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health (2010)

Sleepwalking Syphilis Vitiligo Salmonella Slipped disk Tapeworm Vomiting Salpingitis Smallpox Tennis Elbow Warts SARS Snakebite Tetanus West Nile Virus Scabies Sneezing Thalassemia Whiplash Injury Schistosomiasis Snoring Throat ...

Google previewChurchill Livingstone Medical Dictionary (2008)

by Chris Brooker

whiplash injury damage to the structures of the cervical region (ligaments, muscles or cervical vertebrae) caused by sudden, jerking back and forth movements of the head ...

Google previewA Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language ... (1810)

To which is Prefixed an Abstract of the Principles of English Pronunciation and Directions to Foreigners, for Acquiring a Knowledge of the Use of this Dictionary by John Walker, Citizen of Philadelphia

Advantage Whiplash, hwlp'lisb. s. The lash of a whip. Whippuigpost, hwlp'p!ng- pon. s. A pillar whei-o criminals are lashed. Whipsaw, hwlp'saw. s. A saw used bj tw o persons. Whipster, hn Ip'stftr.s.A nimble fcllo« Whipt; hw Ipt. for Whipped.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Popular Music (2011)

by Colin Larkin

the single was backed by 'Meat Whiplash', a superb slab of nasty, breakneck guitar work conflicting with an aggressive drum rhythm. By comparison, 'Big Gold ...

Google previewThe New Jewish Encyclopedia (1976)

by David Bridger, Samuel Wolk

Our thanks, too, to Morrison Bial whose wide-ranging scholarship and forceful criticism were a whiplash to facts and style alike. To Arthur Kahn, whose review of the material helped to give it greater depth and accuracy, and to Merrill Martin, ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopedia of Surgery (1889)

A Systematic Treatise on the Theory and Practice of Surgery by John Ashhurst

a whiplash, a shot, etc. ; or they may come from the organism itself, as, for example, a splinter of bone. Ligatures around a nerve, when they do not cause its . division, or when they remain in connection with the central part, may act as foreign ...

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Scrabble value of W4H4I1P3L1A1S1H4

The value of this 8-letter word is 19 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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