\ 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 The main buzzkill, many say, is pitchers using gluey gunk to grip the ball better, enhancing their spin rate and making pitches dance and dart. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 How the pick fits: With another throw at the dart board, Orlando could go for a big to play with undersized Wendell Carter Jr. and Mo Bamba, who has not produced to the level of a No. 6 pick in his third year. Matt Goul, cleveland, 10 May 2021 Stephenson tried to score from first, but Carlson played the ball well off the wall and Edman tossed a dart to the plate to throw out Stephenson. Bobby Nightengale, The Enquirer, 4 June 2021 Over the past two decades, there has been a widespread pivot away from the illusion that any person (or algorithm) can throw a single dart months or years into the future and pretend that the outcome is anything but luck. Ziad Ismail, Forbes, 2 June 2021 The striker dodged through the box to dart between defender Kelli Hubly and keeper Adrianna Franch, sliding to cut off Hubly’s back pass and punch the ball into the net. Julia Poe, orlandosentinel.com, 26 May 2021 Hannah Earls dropped a bunt towards first that Yanez fielded and somehow, despite her momentum going toward the first base line, managed to set her feet and fire a dart to third base to get the lead runner out. James Crepea | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 May 2021 Highlights from the previous titles played on the video board while around 4,000 fans watched a spotlight dart to the banner for the corresponding championship. Dan Woike, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2021 The long-legged arthropods dart around their targets as if in hesitation, ducking in for a small sip of blood when the opportunity arises. Time, 9 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Unfortunately, the high stress of being in front of an audience often causes speakers to become nervous and dart their eyes around. Jerry Weissman, Forbes, 16 June 2021 Diana Zeyad Abu al-Ouf laid in a hospital in Gaza suffering from several pelvic fractures, unable to speak or move except for her eyes, which would dart around the room, often wet with tears. Washington Post, 28 May 2021 Our eyes naturally dart around in tiny movements many times a second. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 The varied marine life also dart about a giant 15-foot head of Blackbeard the pirate. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 19 May 2021 California Fish & Wildlife is on the way to dart and remove. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 May 2021 Whenever a customer entered, the stray would dart into the store and head straight to the toy section. James Lileks, Star Tribune, 30 Apr. 2021 Tim Scott, the only Black Republican senator, is often happy to dart past Capitol Hill reporters without saying much. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 28 Apr. 2021 Tim Scott, the only Black Republican senator, is often happy to dart past Capitol Hill reporters without saying much. Alan Fram, chicagotribune.com, 28 Apr. 2021

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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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19 Jun 2021

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“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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


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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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