backlash: Meaning and Definition of
Pronunciation: (bak'lash"), [key]
- a sudden, forceful backward movement; recoil.
- a strong or violent reaction, as to some social or political change: a backlash of angry feeling among Southern conservatives within the party.
- the space between the thickness of a gear tooth and the width of the space between teeth in the mating gear, designed to allow for a film of lubricant, binding from heat expansion and eccentricity, or manufacturing inaccuracies.
- play or lost motion between loosely fitting machine parts.
- a snarled line on a reel, usually caused by a faulty cast.
- to make or undergo a backlash.
- backlash (Thesaurus)