\ 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


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


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

During the performance, the Holosphere will illuminate with swirling galaxies, crackle with darts of electricity, and transform into slowly rotating alien planets. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Eric Prydz is going to DJ inside a giant glowing sphere — here’s how it was made," 9 July 2019 In last year's competition, teams armed their drones with entangling devices and dart guns or reinforced them for ramming. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "What Are Airports Going to Do About Drones?," 9 Jan. 2019 Guests can bring out their competitive side while playing skee-ball, pool, darts, board games, classic arcade games and cornhole. Ava Garcia, azcentral, "Meet the Hot Chick, a new bar and restaurant open now in Old Town Scottsdale," 3 July 2019 Using helicopters, tranquilizer darts, nets and refrigerated trucks, crews were able to remove 115 mountain goats from the park in September. USA TODAY, "Mermaid Parade, Lincoln’s Bible, District 12: News from around our 50 states," 24 June 2019 The vehicle only takes up about half the lane width, giving Nuro room to swerve if a child or pet darts out into the street. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Domino’s will start robot pizza deliveries in Houston this year," 17 June 2019 For the year through April 22, four of the 12 stock picks that fund managers presented at the 2018 annual Sohn Conference outperformed the S&P 500, and the Sohn picks performed 22 percentage points lower than random dart picks. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 9 May 2019 Loading a dart, winching back the bows, and taking aim means a lousy rate of fire. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Figuring out how to manage polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can feel like a maddening game of throwing darts while blindfolded. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Audience member Tristan Lombard’s hand signal to a server keeps getting in the way, so Lee darts across the aisle to him, leaving her orthopedic cane next to her chair. Tony Bravo, SFChronicle.com, "Late bloomer Linda Lee is San Francisco’s septuagenarian nightlife queen," 18 July 2019 After her radio interview, people line up to take selfies with her, one man darting across Boylston Street traffic to get a jersey signed. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Riding along on Sam Mewis’s whirlwind World Cup victory tour," 15 July 2019 In addition to the bull riding, the fans were entertained with a women’s barrel race competition in which riders darted out of the chute gates on horseback in a race against time on a course through barrels in the arena. Gene Nardi, sun-sentinel.com, "Bull Bash rounds up pro and amateur riders for summer rodeo competition," 12 July 2019 The ones that come down like a big waterfall of gold glitter, and the screaming ones that dart across the sky. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: This Fourth of July was for smart thermostats and dumb parades," 6 July 2019 Videos posted to social media show the woman darting across the stage in Taif, Saudi Arabia and security quickly peeling the woman off al-Mohandis, according to the BBC. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Saudi Arabian woman arrested after hugging singer on stage, reports say," 16 July 2018 The red foxes that dart across Brigantine’s North End as the sun rises often leave those lucky enough to spot one in awe. Avalon R. Zoppo, Philly.com, "Foxes are disappearing from this Shore town, and residents finally know why," 27 Apr. 2018 In addition to an upper-90s fastball and darting slider, Lamet has the edge and confidence of a top pitcher and the physique of an NFL tight end. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres expect Dinelson Lamet back for Dodgers series to bolster rotation," 2 July 2019 By spring ball, Rocker had developed a breaking pitch that darts down and away from right-handed batters but looks like his other pitches when leaving his hand. Pat Borzi, New York Times, "‘If You Don’t Have It, You’re Behind’: College Baseball’s Tech Arms Race," 25 June 2019

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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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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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