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backlashn. [Back, adv. + lash.].
  •  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.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A strong and sudden reverse movement in a moving part of a machine.  [PJC]
  •  A strong popular reaction serving to counter the effect of an action; -- used especially of adverse reactions to social or political developments.  [PJC]


backlash, n.
1 an excessive or marked adverse reaction.
2 a a sudden recoil or reaction between parts of a mechanism. b excessive play between such parts.



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