\ 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

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 So hold tight baby darts—season 3 is officially happening. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "'Stranger Things' Season 3: Everything We Know So Far," 10 Dec. 2018 In a daring and nakedly foolish attempt to generate power, Sripol used a taser to ignite the hydrogen and blast a foam dart. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 Like his other work, which includes giant Super Soakers, self-tracking dart-boards, and techie halloween costumes, Rober’s latest invention is meant primarily as a bit of lighthearted fun. Jon Porter, The Verge, "YouTuber builds glitter bomb that farts on unsuspecting package thieves," 18 Dec. 2018 The electrical charge sparks an explosion in the hydrogen, which blasts the dart out at mind-boggling speed. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Nerf Gun Powered by Hydrogen Is So Powerful It Rips Darts Apart," 6 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The footage shows Saulters swerve towards Patmon, who then darts across the street behind the officer’s cruiser. Tim Stelloh /, NBC News, "Georgia officer fired after body camera shows him ram fleeing suspect," 3 June 2018 Also inside are medicine to kill parasites -- doctors found worms in the stomach of a soldier who darted across the DMZ last year to defect -- and a USB stick full of videos with information from the outside world. Ivan Watson, Jungeun Kim, Stella Ko And Jo Shelley, CNN, "Messages in bottles sent across the sea to North Korea," 17 May 2018 The two step out of their little wifi portal onto a platform overlooking a vast city, darting with traffic. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Ralph Breaks the Internet is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but for the internet," 21 Nov. 2018 Bait the hook with a live cricket or a worm, cast it near shallow cover and watch for the cork to dart out of sight. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "Easy to find and fun to catch, bluegill are America’s fish," 25 May 2018 In another drill, two sets of centers, quarterbacks and running backs lined up opposite one another as the quarterback practiced zone-read plays, either handing the ball off to the running back or keeping it himself and darting up the field. Ben Bolch, latimes.com, "Chip Kelly's first spring football practice at UCLA is 'high energy, fast tempo'," 7 Mar. 2018 Back at my hotel, gigantic elephant-ear leaves are greener and darting lizards brighter, while the rain plops down in Dolby. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 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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