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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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And since the publication of his book Virtually Normal; An Argument About Homosexuality four years ago, Sullivan has become an outspoken advocate of gay and lesbian rights, making appearances on news talk shows such as ABC's Nightline and CNN's Crossfire, A contributing writer at The New York Times Magazine, he's worked to highlight the commonalties between straights and gays, which, he says, add up to more than their differences, That approach, Sullivan believes, is the best way to bring about change leading to legal equality.
This year gay and lesbian rights groups have been fighting antigay initiatives in Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, and Utah.
No senator running for reelection in 1996 who voted for the gay and lesbian rights bill suffered any electoral damage because of this.

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