dart

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noun

1
a
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
2
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

darted; darting; darts

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

Example Sentences

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Who Shagged Me, meanwhile, the henchman is a devout three-question form follower before being hit with a dart by Mini-Me (Verne Troyer) and falling off a cliff, breaking his legs. Terry Terrones, EW.com, 17 Jan. 2023 Finally, the Kraken pushed the lead to 2-0, Tolvanen connecting with a dart on a turnaround wrister from the slot with 22 seconds to go before the break. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Jan. 2023 Zoo responders shot 19-year-old Tufani with a sedation dart and returned her to her enclosure within an hour. Dallas News, 13 Jan. 2023 As the sun bathed the bomas in a golden hue, veterinarian Peter Rogers stood atop the platform and shot a tranquilizer dart into a black rhino. Sudarsan Raghavan, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2022 Then another two-handed, overhand dart to Tobey at the rim. Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2022 Who to sit: Both Devin Duvernay (BAL) and Demarcus Robinson (BAL) are dart throws despite a juicy matchup with a defense allowing the second-most fantasy points to wide receivers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Dec. 2022 The ability to juke a blitzing cornerback, sprint right and toss an on-the-move, sidearm dart? Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 Dec. 2022 New technologies, new vocabulary and new cultural trends dart in and out of life faster than at any time in history. Tom Roland, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2022
Verb
The welt, said Vargas’ source, was from an elephant gun — the kind used at zoos to dart big game. Paul Solotaroff, Rolling Stone, 8 Jan. 2023 There’s firepower across the floor, and with Blossom accurately setting the ball from everywhere on the floor, opposing blockers don’t know where to dart about the net. Don Norcross, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 Ordinarily, puff adders dart their tongues in and out to sample the air. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 7 Feb. 2017 Officials captured the lion, known as P-22, by tracking its GPS location and had biologists dart him, the release said. Taylor Romine, CNN, 13 Dec. 2022 Larvae of the most common species go on to penetrate the gills of a California killifish, then attach themselves by the hundreds to the fish’s brain, manipulating the new host to dart to the surface or roll on its side and flash its silvery belly. Kenneth R. Weiss, Discover Magazine, 20 Dec. 2018 One officer later testified Crawford tried to dart away; the other that Crawford was about to shoot them. Jake Zuckerman, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2022 As a teenager, Rodgers would dart from freestyling with his buddies on Philly street corners to his piano lessons, feeling like a part of two different worlds. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 6 Nov. 2022 His eyes dart around the room — kettle, phone, dad, kettle, dad, phone, kettle. Gabriel Rom, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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

Dictionary Entries Near dart

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

dart

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a small pointed object that is meant to be thrown
b
plural : a game in which darts are thrown at a target
2
: something causing a sudden pain
3
: a stitched fold in a garment
4
: a quick movement
made a dart for the door

dart

2 of 2 verb
: to move or shoot out suddenly and quickly
the toad darted its tongue at a fly
darted through the traffic

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