\ 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 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 The animal was put to sleep with a drug dart and put in a cage. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cat burglar: Black panther caught prowling French rooftops," 19 Sep. 2019 Aboard the research vessel Shearwater, Jooke Robbins—director of humpback whale research at the Center for Coastal Studies in Provincetown, Massachusetts—loaded a crossbow with a dart, modified with a specialized tip and yellow float, and took aim. Doug Johnson, Quartz, "Elephants and whales could give us the cure for cancer—unless we keep killing them," 14 Aug. 2019 Conversations crisscross and dart — and not always comprehensibly. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Lesley Manville and Jeremy Irons fill 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' with sorrow and savagery," 12 June 2018 Green, who was a backup the last time Rice played Wake Forest, threw a dart to receiver Bradley Rozner on a slant. Glynn A. Hill, Houston Chronicle, "Wiley Green injured in Rice's loss to Wake Forest," 6 Sep. 2019 During halftime, patrons can take to the dart boards or pool tables to keep the competition going. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "Downtown Hollywood culinary crawl: Meet the city’s nine new restaurants and bars," 12 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Watch for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles. Tracy Maness, Houston Chronicle, "Watch your speed, be alert and obey laws as new school year starts," 13 Aug. 2019 To a hawk hunting for its next meal, a mouse suddenly darting through a field matters more than the swaying motion of the grass and trees around it. Quanta Magazine, "Your Brain Chooses What to Let You See," 30 Sep. 2019 Campbell darted from table to table, high-fiving and cheering on the children in her classroom. Katie Gillespie, The Seattle Times, "For Washington’s Teacher of the Year, seeing her students achieve ‘brings joy in this world’," 24 Sep. 2019 After wrapping up another interview, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey darts into a private office off radio row at SEC Media Days. Matt Murschel, orlandosentinel.com, "SEC commissioner Greg Sankey: Florida-Georgia game in Jacksonville is special," 19 July 2019 Still, my curiosity stirred, and my eyes darted immediately to the court trumpeter’s hands, searching for proof of musical talent in the way his fingers moved. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Marie Lu turns to historical fiction in brand-new YA fantasy The Kingdom of Back," 28 June 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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24 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darts. Accessed 5 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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