\ 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

The approach is not likely to breed the same success at the major league level even when the sinker darts at 98 mph. Los Angeles Times, "Russell Martin’s walk-off, two-run single lifts Dustin May and Dodgers," 7 Aug. 2019 Given that Damien Williams lacks a workhorse track record, Hyde and rookie Darwin Thompson are both at least worth late-round dart throws. 54. Kevin Hanson, SI.com, "Fantasy Football 2019: Running Back Rankings and Auction Prices," 30 July 2019 While Preece darts around the track during his fourth time out at 12:59 p.m., Smith squints. Nick Kelly, BostonGlobe.com, "Behind the scenes at a NASCAR race: This is how Ryan Preece’s team rolls," 26 July 2019 Lock’s first segment included a dart-of-a-throw to TE Austin Fort over the middle. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos training camp rewind, Day 3: Four interceptions by defense," 20 July 2019 Those lyrics make for a sharp, effective, dart-like opening. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Whitney Houston’s Uncanny New Summer Single," 16 July 2019 The Americans indeed absorbed everything: darts from the President and other naysayers, the rest of the world closing the talent gap, an equal pay fight. Sean Gregory, Time, "Lots of People Wanted Team USA to Apologize or Fail. Their World Cup Win Is One of the Greatest Responses in Sports," 7 July 2019 In that critical moment, hurtling like a lawn dart toward the surface of the moon, the Apollo guidance computer had crashed. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 The festival also features a photo competition, elephant rides, a petting zoo, archery, chess, a dart toss, a climbing wall, a dungeon museum and more. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Know, "Hear ye, hear ye! Make haste to the Colorado Renaissance Festival," 18 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Others were darting about in preparation for the corgi races. Rex Huppke, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Hundreds of corgis storm Oregon beach, offering moment of short-legged clarity," 12 Aug. 2019 Some of the protestors on the sidewalk darted into the road. oregonlive.com, "14 people released following peaceful Portland ICE protest," 5 Aug. 2019 During his first few days in the hospital, Baker received a visit from Kacey McCallister, who lost both of his legs at the age of 6 after darting in front of a truck. Salem Statesman Journal, OregonLive.com, "Oregon teen returns to track competition as para-athlete after crash," 19 May 2018 His 112th and final pitch was a 90-mph slider that darted out of the strike zone. Los Angeles Times, "Dodgers’ plethora of defensive problems add up to worst loss of season," 29 July 2019 Jean-Claude and his men take hold of one another’s forearms to raise their voices together, lifting and darting like birds, then diving in a sudden decrescendo that ends the song by guillotine. National Geographic, "In Corsica, on a quest for beautiful harmony," 24 July 2019 This feisty kitten wasn’t having it and darted under the patrol vehicle. Bay City News, The Mercury News, "First day on the job, CHP officer helps kitten off I-880," 23 July 2019 But as Valentin went to scoop the ball up for a throw-in before the referee blew his whistle, Robinho darted around the defender, poked the ball away and broke off down the pitch. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, "Robinho creates opportunities immediately in first start for Orlando City," 20 July 2019 Bonsignore was behind Emerling coming off of turn four, but darted low off the final corner and got under Santos on the frontstretch, sending the three cars three-wide to the checkered. Shawn Courchesne, courant.com, "Three-wide finish highlights Whelen Shootout," 20 July 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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