\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



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

Lorenzen induced a strike 'em out, throw 'em out to escape trouble in the sixth; Hughes was helped by Hamilton's throw – a no-hop dart to the plate – in the eighth. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Six-run inning, Billy Hamilton's arm hands Cincinnati Reds a series win over White Sox," 4 July 2018 An incredible spear-dart that was once used by ancient hunter has been discovered on a melting ice patch in Canada’s remote Yukon Territory. James Rogers, Fox News, "Perfectly-preserved 1,000-year-old hunter's dart discovered in melting ice," 7 Sep. 2018 Extras: Live music on the weekends, darts and multiple televisions add to the atmosphere. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "Get a taste of Up North at new Naperville ale house," 10 July 2018 Kelley got the idea for the dart video after doing a shot that involved the game Jenga. Jack White, USA TODAY, "Don't try this at home: The making of a golf trick shot video involving darts," 10 July 2018 The anchor is the quaint Village IGA grocery, where village officials dart in for lunch at the deli counter and fliers announcing pancake breakfast fund-raisers and missing pets are taped to the entrance glass. Jay Levin, New York Times, "Ridgefield Park, N.J.: A 21st-Century Mayberry," 4 July 2018 Wherever the dart lands, the customer gets that tattoo. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Throwing your skin into the wind: Houston tattoo shop plays with fate and a tattoo dartboard," 3 July 2018 The third team: During 7 on 7s, Sudfeld flicked a dart down the seam to rookie tight end Dallas Goedert. Jeff Mclane, Philly.com, "Eagles practice observations: The cornerback competition; What's up with Isaac Seumalo?; Mike Wallace shines," 7 June 2018 Here are restaurants and bars to throw back a pint and throw a dart, too. Laurie Wilson, BostonGlobe.com, "Here’s a list of some restaurants and bars where you can play darts in New England," 12 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kids rush from home to home trick-or-treating, sometimes darting out into the road in their excitement. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Halloween is a scary night to be a pedestrian," 30 Oct. 2018 Models in luxury snake boots and sparkling disco heels suddenly appeared and — forgoing the dry catwalk strip — darted sideward to walk straight across the water. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Starry Saint Laurent show in Paris sees models walk on water," 25 Sep. 2018 The native Swede had just finished a 5-month internship with her country’s diplomatic office near the UN headquarters in Manhattan, darting between debates on migration and ocean plastic. Mejs Hasan, WIRED, "The Ultimate Carbon-Saving Tip? Travel by Cargo Ship," 12 July 2018 Her eyes, tiny in the massive casement of her head, darted back and forth. Jason Florio, Smithsonian, "The Dangerous Work of Relocating 5,000-Pound Rhinos," 22 May 2018 Kaepernick took it and dropped back a step as running back Frank Gore darted left in front of him. Peter King, SI.com, "Colin Kaepernick Does Not Care What You Think About His Tattoos," 23 July 2013 Challengers dart from the Mad Tea Party to Space Mountain while braving the Florida heat, swarms of tourists and the occasional broken toe. Nancy Coleman, WSJ, "‘Every Minute Matters’: Disney Diehards Race to Hit 49 Rides in One Day," 7 Aug. 2018 The ball landed barely behind the service line, but took a tricky bounce, darting to the right. Jon Wertheim, SI.com, "'Strokes of Genius' Documentary Commemorates the Iconic Federer-Nadal '08 Wimbledon Final," 26 June 2018 The Warriors at their best are like a basketball version of the Blue Angels, with players darting to and fro while stopping only briefly to set a few screens along the way. Sam Amick, USA TODAY, "The Warriors' magic number: How 300 has helped fuel a dynasty," 14 May 2018

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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

darts : 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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