\ 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

Despite the drop, the throw was beautiful, an absolute dart onto Ebron's hands and in between a pair of Chargers defenders. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Missed tackles, missed kicks cost Colts in 30-24 loss to Chargers," 8 Sep. 2019 Dyeing dart frogs traveled approximately 39 meters on average, hopping past ponds an average distance of 19 meters away. Jennifer Leman, Scientific American, "Poison Frog Fathers Ferry Their Tadpoles Great Distances," 4 Sep. 2019 The star of the program is a 10,000-year-old atlatl dart found in the Greater Yellowstone area. Ritoban Mukherjee, Quartz, "Climate change is bad for the planet, but groundbreaking for archaeology," 30 Aug. 2019 Flacco’s second drive was sparked by a 21-yard dart to receiver Courtland Sutton over the middle on third-and-7. Ryan O'halloran, The Denver Post, "Broncos defense flexes muscle, but issues remain in loss to San Francisco," 19 Aug. 2019 The break room also features a coffee bar, snack area, as well as ping pong, Foosball table, darts game and a pool table. Marcia Heroux Pounds, sun-sentinel.com, "Two tech companies are hiring as they expand headquarters," 15 Aug. 2019 And when there just isn’t time to hop on a plane and dart to the cobblestone streets of The City of Light for a drink, there’s La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in downtown Manhattan. The Plum Guide, Harper's BAZAAR, "Eat Chic: 13 Cozy Wine Bars in NYC to Visit ASAP," 12 Aug. 2019 There are few things as satisfying in the garden as watching hummingbirds, butterflies, bees and the like drift or dart into your private oasis to enjoy the dinner on offer. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Try this trio of pollinator plants for your Kentucky summer garden," 19 July 2019 The game bar offers a menu of fried chicken sandwiches and cocktails, plus arcade games, Skee-Ball, pool, darts and board games. Lauren Saria, azcentral, "Tacos, sushi, pizza and doughnuts: 16 new restaurants that opened in metro Phoenix in June," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The first blast of water from the hose hit hot metal, unleashing a wall of steam as flames darted toward the ceiling. Author: Richard Read, Anchorage Daily News, "Meet the icebreaker Polar Star, the neglected stepchild of the U.S. military industrial complex," 17 Aug. 2019 The first blast of water from the hose hit hot metal, unleashing a wall of steam as flames darted toward the ceiling. Los Angeles Times, "Meet the neglected 43-year-old stepchild of the U.S. military-industrial complex," 2 Aug. 2019 This piece stretches a 45-second interaction between three women into a 10-minute dance of darting eyes and social discomforts. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola’ Review: Spirituality in an Age of Irony," 9 July 2019 After scrambling and darting toward the end zone, Mayfield fired a lateral pass near the 10-yard line that set off some chaos. Scott Patsko, cleveland.com, "Browns minicamp offensive report: Laterals and no-huddle plays rule the day," 6 June 2019 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

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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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