Definition of whip

  • A post about twenty feet in length, fixed at an angle of about 45 degrees to the ground, in which it is firmly embedded. The thinnest end of the post rises about eight feet above the centre of the mouth of the shaft. At this end is fixed an iron wheel or sheave, having grooved circumference, in which a rope runs. At one end of this rope is fastened a bucket, which is raised or lowered by a horse travelling backwards and forwards.

– The Gold Fields and Mineral Districts of Victoria, 1869