- IPA: /ˈbækˌlæʃ/
- A sudden backward motion.
- A negative reaction, objection or outcry, especially of a violent or abrupt nature.
- The public backlash to the proposal was quick and insistent.
- (mechanics) 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.
- The jarring or reflex motion caused in badly fitting machinery by irregularities in velocity or a reverse of motion.
- French: retour de bâton
- Italian: contraccolpo
- Portuguese: comoção, revolta, motim
- Russian: (обра́тная) реа́кция
backlash (backlashes, present participle backlashing; past and past participle backlashed)
- To cause or set off a backlash.