• WordNet 3.6
    • v backlash come back to the originator of an action with an undesired effect "Your comments may backfire and cause you a lot of trouble"
    • n backlash an adverse reaction to some political or social occurrence "there was a backlash of intolerance"
    • n backlash a movement back from an impact
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Backlash A strong and sudden reverse movement in a moving part of a machine.
    • Backlash A strong popular reaction serving to counter the effect of an action; -- used especially of adverse reactions to social or political developments.
    • Backlash (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n backlash In mech., the jarring reaction of each of a pair of wheels upon the other, produced by irregularities of velocity when the load is not constant or the moving power is not uniform.
    • n backlash In coal-mining, the backward suction of the air-current after an explosion of fire-damp.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Back, adv. + lash,


In literature:

Hare was thrown forward into the backlash of the wave.
"The Heritage of the Desert" by Zane Grey
It was though his fingers carried a galvanic current that backlashed up his arm even as it stiffened hers.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
Extrapolating Russian history, it would be reasonable to expect a backlash in the form of a counterrevolution.
"After the Rain" by Sam Vaknin
The backlash of that blast must have caught the majority of the lights also.
"Star Hunter" by Andre Alice Norton
What a backlash that was!
"The Players" by Everett B. Cole
But he was sure of its source; it had not been any backlash of the Red caller!
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton

In news:

Is the Redskins' Rookie QB 'Black Enough ' ESPN Analyst Draws Backlash After Saying He Doesn't Think So Yahoo.
Eve News Archive from Backlash.
Is the Redskins' Rookie QB 'Black Enough' ESPN Analyst Draws Backlash After Saying He Doesn't Think So Yahoo.
The backlash against the article suggests that even supporters think the JSF fails the test.
Wealthy Vietnamese Face Backlash as Economy Worsens.
It might not look like it at first, but Komen's actions and the ensuing backlash are a huge boon for the feminist movement.
But after Watters won the title, she faced heavy backlash because of her mixed European/ Fijian descent, and some said she did not look Fijian enough.
The state ban on the French delicacy foie gras has created a backlash and a call for an overseas boycott of California wine.
John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, sparked a backlash from liberal customers with a recent op-ed criticizing the Obama health care proposals.
SAN FRANCISCO – A backlash by some customers who have seen PayPal freeze their funds, sometimes for weeks at a time, is forcing the payments unit of eBay Inc to change its anti-fraud policies.
Freeport 's $20 Billion Deal Stirs Backlash.
The other free-speech reality is the potential for vituperative and even violent backlash if someone disagrees with that viewpoint.
CNN's Allan Chernoff on stocks, politics and a possible backlash.
Kent State coach Rob Senderoff's tweets garner backlash.
Following her debacle of a marriage to Kris Humphries and the subsequent backlash, Kim Kardashian might have a hard time dating again.