\ 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 Montana, who earlier threw four interceptions, set up the game-winning extra point with a dart to wide receiver Kris Haines for an 8-yard touchdown pass as time expired. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Ranking the best Notre Dame football quarterbacks," 8 Apr. 2020 While there won't be a pool table like University, The EZ Southside will feature darts, Golden Tee arcade golf and pinball. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "What’s coming to former Moe’s BBQ in South Huntsville?," 31 Jan. 2020 It was shot with a tranquilizer dart and taken in an animal control van to the animal rehabilitation center. Teresa Crawford, BostonGlobe.com, "DNA test to determine if coyote bit Chicago child," 10 Jan. 2020 Once inside, Otero and the others are accused of restraining the victim, who was burned with cigarettes and pistol-whipped and stabbed in the foot with a dart. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "Hartford member of Latin Kings sentenced to 12 years in prison for kidnapping, torture," 10 Dec. 2019 Riffs would intoxicatingly slow down in mid-stride, like Sultana had just been hit with a tranquilizer dart. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tash Sultana is like Ed Sheeran and Phish rolled into one at Milwaukee show, and so much more," 11 Sep. 2019 Mercury News A 100-pound pig terrorized residents of a Riverside County neighborhood before being shot with a tranquilizer dart. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Film festivals, the L.A. County Fair and more in the week ahead," 26 Aug. 2019 Is disturbing to me that in a subdivision as quiet as our that someone is taking out robins with a blow dart!!! Emma Keith, Detroit Free Press, "St. Clair Shores resident finds bird killed by metal dart in her driveway," 12 June 2019 Residents at Windsor Ridge in Jeffersonville are using Nerf guns and bow and arrow sets, miniature dart boards, a bowling set, remote-control cars and more during the pandemic to pass time. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Indiana nursing homes 'prepare for the worst' with residents more vulnerable to COVID-19," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 But humans didn’t just start seeing UFOs darting around above our heads in just the past few weeks...or in 2015, 2004, 1947, or even 1639. Matt Blitz, Popular Mechanics, "Angels, Airships, and Aliens: The 3,500-Year History of UFO Sightings," 24 Sep. 2019 But the second half of the second season has largely frozen its main characters in place for several episodes, looping and darting through time in a seeming effort to distract from how little is actually going on. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Am I watching Westworld wrong?," 22 June 2018 Out of a timeout with 27.6 seconds left, CJ McCollum wound up with the ball on the perimeter and charged around a Kanter screen, darting left for a tough 17-foot jumper over two Nuggets defenders. oregonlive, "Remembering classic Portland Trail Blazers games: Blazers outlast Denver Nuggets in 4-overtime ‘roller coaster’," 24 Mar. 2020 There’s a hedgehog-like quality to his caricature, with his darting eyes and strong five-o’clock mustache shadow standing out in my mind. Michael Cavna, Washington Post, "Cartoonists share their secrets to drawing the Democratic candidates, from Bernie’s hair to Klobuchar’s smile," 15 Feb. 2020 Ahead of us, tiny blue duiker antelope crashed through the undergrowth; up in the canopy, weaver birds announced our arrival with shrill cries and samango monkeys followed our progress with curious, darting eyes. Peter Browne, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Slow Safari Along Zimbabwe’s Back Roads," 20 Dec. 2019 In Week 7 at Green Bay, Carr completed a 31-yard pass to receiver Keelan Doss on 3rd-and-11 as Richard darted from his right to block Packers safety Will Redmond blitzing from the left edge. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ Jalen Richard embraces being a blocking back," 19 Dec. 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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11 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 24 May. 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


\ 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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