verb (used with object)

  1. to strike or whip.
  2. to stir up; arouse; excite.
  3. to jerk.
  4. to move (a part of one’s body) with a jerk.
  5. to pull (stitches) tight or bind tightly.

verb (used without object)

  1. to kick.
  2. to rise suddenly.
  3. to enter into something eagerly.


  1. a kick or jerk.
  2. a thud or blow, as from a stick.

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