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Definition of backlash (Meaning of backlash)
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Backlash Back"lash` (b[a^]k"l[a^]sh`), n. [Back, adv. + lash.]
	     1. (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.
	        [1913 Webster]
	
	     2. A strong and sudden reverse movement in a moving part of a
	        machine.
	        [PJC]
	
	     3. A strong popular reaction serving to counter the effect of
	        an action; -- used especially of adverse reactions to
	        social or political developments.
	        [PJC]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
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