\ ˈdärt How to pronounce dart (audio) \

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


darted; darting; darts

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 There might not have been a prettier throw in Week 1 anywhere in the NFL than the 37-yard dart Stafford threw to tight end Tyler Higbee in the third quarter. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, 14 Sep. 2021 City are already struggling, but Werner’s dart into the channel behind Walker and Stones means Dias has to cover across. James Nalton, Forbes, 30 May 2021 While the river attracts many native birds, the water is filled with invasive species, including various nonnative fish and crayfish, which dart away across the muddy bottom as footsteps approach. Ian James, AZCentral.com, 7 Sep. 2021 Plus, visiting the capital of Qatar was more than Gulfstream just throwing a dart at the map: Qatar Airways Group is its launch customer and plans to take delivery of the first G700, which has a list price of $78 million, next year. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 2 Sep. 2021 Squirt — Males are bent and squeezed by an assembly line worker in a manner that shoots their milt into little plastic cups with dart-throwing precision. jsonline.com, 2 Sep. 2021 In the seventh, Cabrera watched a 3-2 cutter dart outside the strike zone to draw a walk. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 22 Aug. 2021 As police secured a perimeter around the tree, wildlife officers shot the puma with a tranquilizer dart and carried it down from its perch on a stretcher, Paglia said. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 All day long, Han Kwi-young’s eyes dart from the road ahead to the rearview mirror reflecting the inside of bus No. 106-1. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Crosswords tug all sides of your mind, requiring you to dart from straightforward definitions to narrative logic to free association to bad dad puns, all in the same space. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 In January 1989, the country’s new first lady, Barbara Bush, broke ranks from the inaugural parade for her husband, George H.W. Bush, to dart over to Mr. Scott, broadcasting from the sidelines, and plant an impromptu kiss on his cheek. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 6 Sep. 2021 The mother of the child was standing across the street and watched in abject horror when her offspring began to dart forward and appeared completely unaware of the impending danger. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 Well, maybe seeing Tyreek Hill running a jet sweep and threatening to dart down the sideline. Rusty Simmons, San Francisco Chronicle, 16 Aug. 2021 But while Krejci drove lines with his superb passing and ability to dart into open areas, Coyle’s strength is holding on to the puck, fending off checkers with his size and strength. BostonGlobe.com, 5 Aug. 2021 An agile company is like a half back in football that can dart quickly to the left or the right depending upon the opening. Steve Banker, Forbes, 1 June 2021 When the object appears to dart off to the left, that is actually an effect of the camera losing lock and moving to the right. Andrew Dyer, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 May 2021 Many often drift in and out of REM sleep periods, a type of sleep where eyes dart around without sending any information to the brain all while your heart rate and breathing quickens. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2021

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First Known Use of dart


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


1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for dart


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

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The first known use of dart was in the 14th century

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dart a glance/look at

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“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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



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


\ ˈdärt How to pronounce dart (audio) \

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


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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