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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun whiplash:


Definition of Whiplash

What does Whiplash mean?


  1. an injury to the neck (the cervical vertebrae) resulting from rapid acceleration or deceleration (as in an automobile accident)
  2. a quick blow delivered with a whip or whiplike object
    • synonyms of whiplash: lash / whip
    • more generic word: blow = a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

Alternative definition


  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


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

Phrases with Whiplash

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


Whiplash is the name of several fictional characters in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Each Whiplash is a minor supervillain in the Marvel Universe, with the first and latest appearing as prominent members of Iron Man's rogues gallery.


  1. 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 (52 years ago)
    • 34 episodes of 25 or 30 minutes each
    • country: Australia
    • regular cast: Peter Graves as Christopher Cobb
    • genres: Western, History, Drama, Action/Adventure
  2. "Whiplash" is a 1948 American film noir directed by Lewis Seiler and written by Kenneth Earl, Harriet Frank, Jr., Maurice Geraghty and Gordon Kahn.
  3. "Whiplash" is a 2014 drama film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
  4. "Whiplash" is a 2012 short film written and directed by Damien Chazelle.
  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. 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 (10 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 the MS-DOS OS.
    • mode: Single-player video game, Multiplayer video game
    • developer: Gremlin Interactive Limited
    • genres: Racing video game, Vehicular combat game
    • released in (19 years ago)


  1. "Whiplash" is a song by the American heavy metal band Metallica. It was released as the second 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 (2011). The song was originally written for Britney Spears; after she started working on her sixth studio album Circus (2008), 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.


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 for Roadrunner records. Joe Cangelosi replaced Tony Scaglione in 1986 when he left for a small stint with Slayer. Scaglione later went on to record and or perform with Raging Slab, Cause For Alarm and Sheer Terror among others. Joe Cangelosi recorded Ticket to Mayhem in 1987 with the two Tonys and Insult to Injury in 1989. Joe Cangelosi also joined German metal band Kreator in 1994 and recorded Cause for Conflict in 1995. In 1989 Glenn Hansen joined the band as the new singer along with Joe from the previous album. They were part of the album titled Insult to Injury as well. The band split up, but reunited in 1996 after Portaro and Scaglione joined forced 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, Pray before the three Tonys recorded a final album together in 1998.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Whiplash

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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 previewOrthopedic Massage (2009)

Theory and Technique by Whitney W. Lowe

Description Whiplash is a frequently misunderstood condition, as it is not a single condition. Whiplash is an injury that occurs as the result of a sudden acceleration or deceleration of the head and neck in relation to the torso.

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 previewGolf Forever (2003)

The Spine and More: A Health Guide to Playing the Game by Jackson T. Stephens, T. Glenn Pait

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 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, textbook by Stephen McMahon (2013)

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 previewe-Study Guide for Comprehensive Medical Terminology, textbook by Betty Davis Jones (2013)

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 previewMosby's Pathology for Massage Therapists (2008)

by Susan G. Salvo

Description Whiplash is a strain of the cervical spine, most commonly at the junction of...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2012)

by Chad A. Noggle, Raymond S. Dean, Arthur MacNeill Horton

NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL / CLINICAL PRESENTATION The primary symptom of whiplash typically includes neck pain, which tends to be focal and spreads to contralateral areas. Additionally, neck stiffness, injuries to the muscles in the face  ...

Google previewThe International Encyclopaedia of Surgery (1883)

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

n bodies, these may be fragments of the vulnerating agent—the pomt of a fo1 , a whiplash, a shot,etc.; or they may _eome from the organism itself, as, for example, a splinter of bone. Ligatures around a nerve, when they do not cause its  ...

Google previewA dictionary of the English and Singhalese, and Singhalese and English languages (1821)

by Benjamin Clough

whiplash, r.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1768)

by Samuel Johnson

WHIPLASH. /. The lasli or fmall end of a whip. Tnjstr. WHIPPIK f. [from wlip.] One whopunishes with whipptng. Sbaktjp. WHI'PPINGPOST. f. iwHfi and p»JÌ.] A pil- lar 10 which criminals are bound v/hen tney are lastied.. llndibrat. | WH'IPSAW.

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Country Music (2012)

by Paul Kingsbury, Michael McCall, John Rumble, Jay Orr

” Its whiplash guitar, stop-and- start beats, ...

Google previewChandler's Encyclopedia (1898)

An Epitome of Universal Knowledge ... by William Henry Chandler

its great speed, resembles a braided whiplash, and grows to a length of 6 ft.

Google previewThe Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz (1999)

by the late Leonard Feather, the late Ira Gitler Professor of Jazz History Manhattan School of Music

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

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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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