\ 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 Steil fired a low dart to Anderson’s outside shoulder, just outside of Suggs’ reach, and Anderson made a brilliant grab. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Prep Bowl: Rocori edges Jalen Suggs-led SMB in overtime to win thrilling Class 4A clash," 29 Nov. 2019 Two yards shy of midfield with the score knotted at 24 and less than four minutes to go, Ehlinger locked his eyes on Duvernay and fired a dart. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Receivers Collin Johnson, Devin Duvernay form Longhorns’ most dynamic duo," 14 Nov. 2019 Allen’s two best passes were a 19-yard dart to receiver Courtland Sutton (quick slant on third-and-11) and a 16-yard throw to tight end Noah Fant while on the move and lofted over two Browns linebackers. Ryan O’halloran, The Denver Post, "Rating the Broncos: Lindsay’s 30-yard touchdown produced by four key blocks," 4 Nov. 2019 Kansas opened with a 14-play, 75 yard drive that ended with Stanley selling a handoff to Pooka Williams before firing a dart to Stephon Robinson for a 9-yard touchdown. Nick Moyle, Houston Chronicle, "Texas hangs on for win over Kansas in high-scoring shootout," 19 Oct. 2019 The 49ers make a heck of a pass deflection, but Mayfield needs to look left, only to quickly shift his eyes right and put a dart on Beckham. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "The mysterious case of why the Browns have not been able to throw Odell Beckham Jr. the ball -- Film Review," 10 Oct. 2019 From nowhere, Manolas darts in and flicks the ball towards the bottom corner. SI.com, "Roma 3-0 Barcelona: The Night Roma Rose From Their Ruins," 1 Nov. 2019 At Farrington’s Sports Bar in Pleasant Hill, about 20 patrons were playing pool and darts and watching TV when the earthquake started. Los Angeles Times, "San Francisco Bay Area rattled by 4.5 earthquake, followed by more aftershocks," 15 Oct. 2019 Researchers like Skomal then stand on a small plank off the bow of the boat, wielding a long pole with a dart and a tag at the end. BostonGlobe.com, "8 things we learned about Cape Cod sharks from Sunday’s ‘60 Minutes’ segment," 30 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Suddenly and without warning, the Ford Focus darted left across the center line into oncoming traffic. Phoebe Wall Howard, Freep.com, "Ford workers break their silence on faulty transmissions: 'Everybody knew'," 5 Dec. 2019 The camera swoops and darts restlessly about as Yoav makes his way down the street and along the Seine, practicing his stilted, lovely French and learning new words from a pocket dictionary. Justin Chang, chicagotribune.com, "‘Synonyms’ at Gene Siskel Film Center: When in France, do as the Israeli commandos-turned-nude Parisian models do," 5 Dec. 2019 Liberty responded on its next drive when Tommy Nelson darted in from 5 yards out. Pat Stoetzer, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Carroll Varsity Roundup (Sept. 27): Nate Kent leads Liberty football past Francis Scott Key; Westminster caps rally against Glenelg," 28 Sep. 2019 John Cooper found its winning points with its first possession of the game when quarterback Santiago Villarreal darted off left tackle and went on a 48-yard romp to the end zone. Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena-FBCA’s sixth-grade football team blanked 14-0 in The Woodlands," 28 Aug. 2019 He was clocked in the high 90s multiple times, to go with a darting slider and an improving curve. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Padres pitcher Dinelson Lamet to have Tommy John surgery," 13 Apr. 2018 The driver told police Glass darted across the road into a nearby housing addition. Indianapolis Star, "Police end search for missing woman with dementia," 21 Nov. 2019 After two incomplete passes, Notre Dame caught Virginia Tech in a blitz, and Book ran away from it and darted into the end zone. John Fineran, chicagotribune.com, "Ian Book’s scramble into the end zone with 29 seconds left gives No. 16 Notre Dame a 21-20 win over Virginia Tech," 1 Nov. 2019 After Bazemore unleashed his favorite play in the fourth quarter against the Kings, CJ McCollum snared the long rebound, pushed the ball ahead and worked it to Mario Hezonja, who darted to the basket for a layup to give the Blazers a 10-point edge. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, "With ‘pride’ and ‘Inspector Gadget’ arms, Kent Bazemore is quickly becoming Portland Trail Blazers’ defensive ‘pest’," 26 Oct. 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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darting. Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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