dart

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noun

1
a
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
2
a
: 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

dart

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verb

darted; darting; darts

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
There was a time in the not-so distant past when British cyclist Mark Cavendish seemed to have a better shot at winning a bowling tournament or a game of darts than claiming another stage at the Tour de France. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 3 July 2024 It’s cut for a subtly loose fit, with a button-front placket, straight-point collar, buttoned cuffs, and flattering back-shaping darts. Jamie Allison Sanders, Peoplemag, 15 June 2024
Verb
From darting to awakening, the procedure had lasted seven hours. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 June 2024 Clutched in my hands was the latest issue of the North Carolina Law Review, my eyes darting between it and the prison tattoos that cover my arms. Tim Johnson, JSTOR Daily, 15 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for dart 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German tart dart, Old English daroth

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1573, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of dart was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 17 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

dart

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a small pointed object that is meant to be thrown
b
plural : a game in which darts are thrown at a target
2
: something causing a sudden pain
3
: a stitched fold in a garment
4
: a quick movement
made a dart for the door

dart

2 of 2 verb
: to move or shoot out suddenly and quickly
the toad darted its tongue at a fly
darted through the traffic

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