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dash

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verb \ˈdash\

Simple Definition of dash

  • : to run or move quickly or suddenly

  • : to hit something in a violent and forceful way

  • : to break or destroy (something) by throwing or hitting it against something

Full Definition of dash

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to break by striking or knocking

  3. 2 :  to knock, hurl, or thrust violently

  4. 3 :  splash, spatter

  5. 4 a :  ruin, destroy <the news dashed his hopes> b :  depress, sadden c :  to make ashamed

  6. 5 :  to affect by mixing in something different <his delight was dashed with bitterness>

  7. 6 :  to complete, execute, or finish off hastily —used with down or off <dashed down a drink> <dash off a letter>

  8. 7 [euphemism] :  1damn 4

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 :  to move with sudden speed

  11. 2 :  smash

Examples of dash

  1. I'm sorry, but I must dash. I'm late.

  2. She dashed down the hallway to the bathroom.

  3. People were dashing inside to get out of the rain.

  4. The waves dashed the boat against the rocks.

  5. Her hopes of winning a medal were dashed after she broke her leg.



Origin of dash

Middle English dasshen, probably from Middle French dachier to impel forward


First Known Use: 14th century


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dash

noun

Simple Definition of dash

  • : a punctuation mark — that is used especially to show a break in thought or in the structure of a sentence (as in “We don't know where—or how—the problem began.”)

  • : a small amount of something that is added to something else

  • : the act of running or moving quickly or suddenly in a particular direction or to a particular place

Full Definition of dash

  1. 1 a archaic :  blow b (1) :  a sudden burst or splash (2) :  the sound produced by such a burst

  2. 2 a :  a stroke of a pen b :  a punctuation mark — that is used especially to indicate a break in the thought or structure of a sentence

  3. 3 :  a small usually distinctive addition <a dash of salt> <a dash of humor>

  4. 4 :  flashy display

  5. 5 :  animation in style and action

  6. 6 a :  a sudden onset, rush, or attempt b :  a short fast race

  7. 7 :  a long click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code)

  8. 8 :  dashboard 2



DASH Defined for Kids

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dash

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verb \ˈdash\

Definition of dash

dasheddash·ing

  1. 1 :  to knock, hurl, or shove violently <The storm dashed the boat against a reef.>

  2. 2 :  2smash 1 <He dashed the plate to pieces.>

  3. 3 :  1splash 2 <She dashed water on her face.>

  4. 4 :  1ruin 2 <Their hopes were dashed.>

  5. 5 :  to complete or do hastily <He dashed off a note before leaving.>

  6. 6 :  to move with sudden speed <The boys dashed up the stairs.>




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dash

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noun

Definition of dash

  1. 1 :  a sudden burst or splash <a dash of cold water>

  2. 2 :  a punctuation mark — that is used most often to show a break in the thought or structure of a sentence

  3. 3 :  a small amount :  touch <Add a dash of salt.>

  4. 4 :  liveliness in style and action <A scarf adds dash to the outfit.>

  5. 5 :  a sudden rush or attempt <… Jane made a mad dash for the hall bathroom and yelled, “Home-free-all!” — Judy Blume, Sheila the Great>

  6. 6 :  a short fast race <100-yard dash>

  7. 7 :  a long click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code)

  8. 8 :  dashboard





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