dart

noun
\ ˈdärt \

Definition of dart 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a archaic : a light spear

b(1) : a small missile usually with a pointed shaft at one end and feathers at the other

(2) darts plural in form but singular in construction : a game in which darts are thrown at a target

2a : something projected with sudden speed especially : a sharp glance

b : something causing sudden pain or distress darts of sarcasm

3 : something with a slender pointed shaft or outline specifically : a stitched tapering fold in a garment

4 : a quick movement made a dart for the door

dart

verb

Definition of dart (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to throw with a sudden movement

2 : to thrust or move with sudden speed

3 : to shoot with a dart containing a usually tranquilizing drug

intransitive verb

: to move suddenly or rapidly darted across the street

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Examples of dart in a Sentence

Noun

He was hit with a poisoned dart. Her favorite game is darts. a quick dart to the left

Verb

We saw a deer dart across the road. The frog darted its tongue at a fly.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The smaller Moyle darts around the outside with a lot of movement while Whitmire stands upright in the center and looks to time Moyle. Lance Pugmire, latimes.com, "UFC 226 live coverage: Round-by-round updates from each fight on the Miocic-Cormier card," 7 July 2018 Hit by Fyffe’s dart, the woozy bird crash-landed on the school’s athletic field, where Fyffe wrapped it up for return to the zoo. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Garon Fyffe, naturalist and animal expert, dies," 2 July 2018 Ever since Nerf introduced its Rival line of blasters that fire spherical foam balls instead of traditional darts, Nerf fans and Nerf itself have been engaged in something of an arms race. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Is This The Most Bonkers Nerf Mod Humanly Possible?," 7 June 2018 In sports that require hitting a target, like pool, ping pong or darts, alcohol can help relax the body, says Jennifer Wiley, a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jen Murphy, WSJ, "Ping Pong Helps a Senior Bounce Back," 26 May 2018 His enjoyment of competition stretches even to darts, known in the United States as a pub pastime but serious business in the United Kingdom, where television ratings and prize money are high. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Prince Harry's No.1 love is Meghan Markle. Sports is a close second.," 16 May 2018 Wednesday, May 16: Punch Bowl Social will hold Beat the Brewer at 7 p.m. Test your skills in cornhole, darts, Jenga and Operation against the brewers of Great Lakes Brewing Co. PBS is at 1086 W. 11th St., Cleveland. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Beer calendar: Great Lakes tap specials, police benefit at Platform, more," 14 May 2018 Inside the 20 apartment units, floors were covered in marble, columns were capped with capitals and wall borders were adorn in classic egg-and-dart patterns. Janet Eastman, OregonLive.com, "On the market: Over-the-top, luxury condos (photos)," 12 May 2018 USA TODAY Sports Josh Kelley half swings an iron as the head of the club makes contact with a dart. Jack White, USA TODAY, "Don't try this at home: The making of a golf trick shot video involving darts," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The path through the groves was paved with stones and children darted about. Peter Gwin, WSJ, "The Horses That Changed History," 19 June 2018 Around them, hundreds of others shouted, jumped and darted about in wild celebration. Washington Post, "Sadio Mane was the ‘quiet kid’ with the superstar talent," 8 June 2018 Behind and around them, a crowd of people runs together — darting for cover. David Montero, latimes.com, "500 recordings of 911 calls detail chaos, agony and determination after Las Vegas shooting," 7 June 2018 Vizcaino, who swung through three sinkers in a row for the first of three strikeouts in the inning, pointed down, his hand repeatedly darting toward the ground. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles' Britton fans three for Frederick, is 'pleasantly surprised' in first rehab outing," 31 May 2018 Overplay the three-point line, and Curry darts backdoor. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Draymond Green Still Lives at the Heart of Everything Golden State," 22 May 2018 Houston police say a moped driver is in critical condition after striking one of two horses that darted out in front of him about 11:20 p.m. Saturday on Little York. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Moped rider hospitalized after hitting 2 horses in overnight north Houston wreck," 8 July 2018 In the main buildings, resist the urge to dart directly to The Clark’s much sought-after stash of Impressionists. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New England museums to visit this summer and fall," 4 July 2018 Growth was consistent, Lahey said, his arm darting out to illustrate the incline. Alison Kuznitz, courant.com, "A Visionary Leader, President John Lahey Casts His Final Shadow On Quinnipiac University," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of dart

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dart

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tart dart, Old English daroth

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Phrases Related to dart

dart a glance/look at

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More Definitions for dart

dart

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small object that has a sharp point at one end and that is thrown in the game of darts or used as a weapon

darts : a game in which darts are thrown at a board that is marked with circles

: a quick movement

dart

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dart (Entry 2 of 2)

: to run or move quickly or suddenly in a particular direction or to a particular place

dart

noun
\ ˈdärt \

Kids Definition of dart

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small pointed object that is meant to be thrown

2 darts plural : a game in which darts are thrown at a target

3 : a quick sudden movement

4 : a fold sewed into a piece of clothing

dart

verb
darted; darting

Kids Definition of dart (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move or shoot out suddenly and quickly A toad darted out its tongue.

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