tool designed to strike animals or people to aid in guidance or exert control through pain compliance or fear of pain

A whip is a long strand of leather or other fabric with a hard handle. When a person shakes a whip fast, it makes a loud "crack" sound, because it has broken the sound barrier because flicking a whip causes a loop that gets faster and faster across the whip.[1] It is used for directing or hitting animals or people. Some whips are made for corporal punishment or flogging.

A whip commonly used to direct an animal
Men with whips in their hands


  1. Graham, Sarah. "True Cause of Whip's Crack Uncovered". Scientific American. Retrieved 2024-04-06.