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backlash

1. a reaction or recoil between interacting worn or badly fitting parts in a mechanism
2. the play between parts

backlash

[′bak‚lash]
(design engineering)
The amount by which the tooth space of a gear exceeds the tooth thickness of the mating gear along the pitch circles.
(electronics)
A small reverse current in a rectifier tube caused by the motion of positive ions produced in the gas by the impact of thermoelectrons.
(engineering)
Relative motion of mechanical parts caused by looseness.
The difference between the actual values of a quantity when a dial controlling this quantity is brought to a given position by a clockwise rotation and when it is brought to the same position by a counterclockwise rotation.
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In the five months since one of the most disastrous elections for gay and lesbian rights, many gay activists are turning their anger away from powerful antigay forces and toward HRC, if for no other reason than that it is the country's wealthiest gay rights group.
Law-makers and groups that support gay and lesbian rights "would then have control of the committees and move far more legislation," says Winnie Stachelberg, political director for the gay rights group Human Rights Campaign.
But Nader was worse than silent on the issue of gay and lesbian rights.

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