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Definition of whiplash
1 [usually in singular] the lashing action of a whip: figurativehe cringed before the icy whiplash of Curtis’s tongue the flexible part of a whip or something resembling it. 2injury caused by a severe jerk to the head, typically in a motor-vehicle accident.
verb [with object]
jerk or jolt (someone or something) suddenly, typically so as to cause injury:the force of impact had whiplashed the man’s head [no object] move suddenly and forcefully, like a whip being cracked:he rammed the yacht, sending its necklace of lights whiplashing from the bridge