\ 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

For the year through April 22, four of the 12 stock picks that fund managers presented at the 2018 annual Sohn Conference outperformed the S&P 500, and the Sohn picks performed 22 percentage points lower than random dart picks. WSJ, "Corrections & Amplifications," 9 May 2019 Loading a dart, winching back the bows, and taking aim means a lousy rate of fire. William Gurstelle, Popular Mechanics, "The Real History of the Ballista, Game of Thrones' Anti-Dragon Weapon," 6 May 2019 Figuring out how to manage polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) can feel like a maddening game of throwing darts while blindfolded. Mary Claire Lagroue, SELF, "Can Diet and Exercise Actually Improve PCOS Symptoms?," 23 Apr. 2019 Super sharp lawn darts, combustible old mini cars, balls, swim floats. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "From Nightmare Temp Jobs to Ticket Scalper Horror Stories—The Side Hustles We Don't Recommend," 9 Apr. 2019 Some shoot the animals with poison darts and leave them to die slowly, and, animal-welfare activists say, painfully. Sabra Ayres, latimes.com, "To prepare for soccer's World Cup, Russia is killing stray dogs. Animal-rights activists are fighting back," 6 June 2018 The animal was pronounced dead soon after being shot with several tranquilizer darts and captured. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "This Bull Still Died After Escaping a Slaughterhouse In New York City," 22 Feb. 2017 There are also new additions to the giant-dart-firing Mega line and the cartoonish Zombie Strike collection. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Nothing Flings Foam Like a Full-On Nerf Gatling Blaster," 4 Feb. 2019 Even expert dart throwers don’t hit the bull’s-eye every time. Christopher Weaver, WSJ, "The $9 Billion Upcharge: How Insurers Kept Extra Cash From Medicare," 4 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

As the Afghan troops cleared each building, a young girl darted from one room to another. Michael M. Phillips, WSJ, "‘I Think I’ve Been Shot’: Nighttime Raid in Afghanistan Reveals New U.S. Strategy," 5 Dec. 2018 Initially, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir told the San Francisco Chronicle that Herzberg darted out in traffic, essentially blaming the woman for the incident. Chuck Tannert, Popular Mechanics, "The Way We Talk About Self-Driving Cars Is Going To Get People Killed," 11 Apr. 2018 The dollar darted higher after the conclusion of the two-day Fed meeting on Thursday. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "U.S. Dollar Up as Fed Signals December Rate Rise," 8 Nov. 2018 Her cornflower blue gown looked demure and clean at the front, with a strong angular and darted shoulder. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlize Theron Just Debuted New Brown Hair at the Oscars," 25 Feb. 2019 The pilot of a British Airways flight cruising over Ireland last Friday noticed something peculiar darting fast through the sky, and quickly called air traffic control to report the sight. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Pilots See Possible UFO Speeding Through Irish Airspace," 13 Nov. 2018 That explains why fastball usage in baseball continues to decrease to record lows every season in favor of breaking pitches that dart out of the strike zone. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Why Major League Pitchers Are Avoiding the Strike Zone," 30 July 2018 After the bay swim, the cyclists darted toward Cabrillo National Monument, transitioned at Spanish Landing, then hoofed it to the Seaport Village finish. Don Norcross, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Third time’s a charm for Romanenko at S.D. International Triathlon," 24 June 2018 Stray dogs, who occasionally darted across the road, patrolled the shoulders (where there were shoulders). Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Want Serious Bragging Rights? Do a Road Trip Across Borneo," 16 Nov. 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
: 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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