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

Those words were fired off years ago like darts by a wise Greek matron who wanted to teach me and a friend a lesson about good intentions vs. outcomes. Maria Panaritis, Philly.com, "Ten's a crowd in Pa.'s Fifth Congressional District primary | Maria Panaritis," 2 May 2018 Yet Our Cartoon President’s would-be salvos at Trump bounce off like NERF darts. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Our Cartoon President Makes Us Wonder: Why Can’t Anyone Make a Decent Donald Trump Satire?," 9 Feb. 2018 The dress had darts lent a figure-flattering touch, while a motocross collar was left open and zipper slightly undone. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Brigitte Macron Wears (What Else?) Louis Vuitton for the NATO Spouse Summit," 12 July 2018 Where farmland meets Northwoods My random dart throwing this week took me to the small town of Chelsea, about 20 miles south of Timm's Hill. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin's highest point - Timm's Hill - is a quiet escape away from everything," 5 July 2018 For $100, a customer gets one dart to throw at the board. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 His abilities as a marksman ranged from ax and knife throwing to shooting tranquilizer darts. Graydon Megan, chicagotribune.com, "Garon Fyffe, naturalist and animal expert, dies," 2 July 2018 The count went full before Miller seemingly painted the outside edge with a 95-mph dart. Harvey Fialkov, azcentral, "Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller remains positive after rough return against Marlins," 25 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Image Sisig — say it SEE-sig, half-hissing, the tongue darting behind the teeth — is a dish at once ancient and young. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "A Filipino Specialty Best Paired With a Brew in the East Village," 5 July 2018 In everyday life, as the eyes do their usual darting around, the brain switches our vision off for the fraction of a second that the eye is moving. Daniel Glaser, A-LIST, "Out of Your Mind," 1 July 2018 One commuter could be seen looking at his phone and didn't notice the deer, while another woman gasped in disbelief as the deer darted by. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Deer wanders into DC Metro station, darts close to train before fleeing," 12 June 2018 Eric Bristow, the five-time world darts champion, died of a heart attack in London. BostonGlobe.com, "Connor McGregor goes on rampage at UFC 223 event," 6 Apr. 2018 After trailing for most of the first half, New Orleans darted ahead in the third quarter by getting stops on defense and running in transition. William Guillory, NOLA.com, "Pelicans' big men dominate shorthanded Boston Celtics," 18 Mar. 2018 Ohio State's offense stayed on the field and rode their momentum as Clarett darted in for a touchdown from five yards out, sidestepping Miami safety Maurice Sykes in the backfield, giving the Buckeyes a 31-24 lead. Scott Tinley, SI.com, "An Oral History of the 2003 Fiesta Bowl Between Miami, Ohio State," 4 Jan. 2013 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

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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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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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