\ 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 This 60-game Major League Baseball season saddles teams with a series of false choices, leaving them throwing a dart and hoping for the best outcomes. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: COVID-19, wildfires force Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners to reckon with our contemporary woes," 15 Sep. 2020 Innovative soleplate provides a lightweight chassis that enhances the foot’s natural ability to accelerate, dart in any direction & flex where necessary. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Labor Day sale: Under Armour offering up to 50% off select items," 5 Sep. 2020 On the second play of the afternoon, a second-and-3 from the offense’s 33 yard line, Quarterback Mitch Trubisky fired a perfect play-action dart to Riley Ridley. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "5 observations from the Bears’ scrimmage at Soldier Field, including Matt Nagy’s QB secrecy, Robert Quinn’s progress and Kyle Fuller’s big plays," 29 Aug. 2020 Officials were hesitant to throw a dart at the possible cost of the project, since construction logistics related to the labor market, environmental processes, city council asks and things unique to each city and market will drive the final tally. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: San Diego takes bold step to build new ‘world class’ arena in Midway District," 29 Aug. 2020 Nagy also singled out a dart from quarterback Nick Foles to wide receiver Ted Ginn to the right sideline late in practice as another building-block throw. Dan Wiederer, chicagotribune.com, "3 observations from Bears practice, including David Montgomery’s body transformation, Mitch Trubisky’s deep dime and Allen Robinson’s injury setback," 22 Aug. 2020 In seven-on-seven action, the 6-foot-2, 212-pound Clark threw a dart down the middle of the field for a touchdown to wide receiver Lawrence Keys III. Eric Hansen, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Irish want Brendon Clark to be a reliable backup QB," 19 Aug. 2020 To complete a circuit, the electricity travels from one dart to the other through body tissue. Michael Ciaglo, National Geographic, "From tear gas to rubber bullets, here’s what ‘nonlethal’ weapons can do to the body," 5 June 2020 During the South Euclid meeting, DeNicola detailed a sterilization plan in which a crew would drive down each of that city’s streets between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. and shoot a dart containing a sedative and a tracking device at each deer. cleveland, "Richmond Heights council seeks best way to reduce city’s deer population," 5 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Kirim’s petrified son managed to dart out of the apartment. oregonlive, "Intruder with knife, boy being held: No Portland police response for 1 hour, 36 minutes," 18 Sep. 2020 Political arguments in the Villages have led at times to physical confrontations, prompting some septuagenarians to pack pepper spray and stun guns into the golf carts residents use to dart around the 35-square mile community. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "D.C. police identify 11-year-old fatally shot in Southeast Washington," 5 July 2020 The occasional twitch of the rod tip will cause these lures to dart to one side or the other. John Merwin, Field & Stream, "The 25 Best Striper Surf Lures of All Time," 23 Oct. 2019 Moments later, Edwards stole second, giving Cash time to dart home, completing the double steal and a tie game at 1-1. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "In reunion of Mustang 9s World Series players, Astros nip Angels 4-1," 19 June 2020 The fish darted from the bottom of the pool in a silver flash, and the rod jumped. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "A Puerto Rican Fishing Road Trip for Silver Kings, Bigmouths, Mullet, and More," 27 May 2020 Her sidekick, Fonzie the pug, is busy darting out of her way as her brother and sister feed off her energy. cleveland, "Superhero Project helps kids find inner strength," 1 Mar. 2020 Today banks dart in and out of positions quickly so as not to trip risk limits or attract the attention of on-site Fed examiners. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Banks Could Prove Weak Partner in Coronavirus Recovery," 24 Apr. 2020 The Ravens cornerback creates a false sense of security by taking a few steps back in coverage when really his entire focus is on darting in front of the receiver. Childs Walker, baltimoresun.com, "Five Things We Learned from the Ravens’ 49-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals," 11 Nov. 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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The first known use of dart was in the 14th century

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22 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 26 Sep. 2020.

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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


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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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