\ 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 His dart on third-and-18 to Jakobi Meyers in the second quarter looked like a flashback to his MVP season in 2015. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "The Patriots might have been better off if they lost to the Jets, but it’s good they didn’t — and other thoughts," 3 Jan. 2021 Pausing on the side of the highway on one of her first nights on the road, her eyes dart toward the growing darkness, then to her son. Isayen Herrera, New York Times, "A Mother, Her Son — and Their 1,500-Mile Search for Home," 27 Nov. 2020 Ennis quarterback Collin Drake had both of his touchdown passes in the first half, the first being a 38-yard dart to De’ivian Johnson. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Down goes No. 1: Mansfield Timberview takes down Ennis, the state’s top-ranked 5A Div. II team," 18 Dec. 2020 The sharpest dart came last week in a lengthy article by veteran reporter Jane Mayer in the New Yorker magazine. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, "Yes, Feinstein is the oldest U.S. senator. But she should be able to retire on her own terms," 17 Dec. 2020 When Roethlisberger threw a dart to Smith-Schuster in the end zone early in the fourth quarter, the Steelers had just enough to prevail. SFChronicle.com, "Pittsburgh does just enough to top Baltimore, stay unbeaten," 2 Dec. 2020 But once in, there is no turning back, never mind the tranquilizer dart that fells Prine and leaves him vulnerable to murderous neo-Nazis. Yvette Benavides, ExpressNews.com, "Review: More big trouble in the Big Easy in Rod Davis’ new Jack Prine thriller ‘East of Texas, West of Hell’," 1 Dec. 2020 Tagovailoa threw a 3-yard dart to receiver DeVante Parker in the middle of the end zone to tie the game at, 7. Safid Deen, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins defense shines in Tua’s first start, but offense needs some work after win over Rams," 1 Nov. 2020 Kwon saw a figure dart toward the bathroom and woke Choi who went to investigate, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court. oregonlive, "Suspect in killing of Choi’s Kimchi co-founder Matt Choi indicted on murder charges," 1 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Suzie’s lipstick is smeared, and her mascara has formed rings around her eyes, which dart from side to side, furtively. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, "“I Hate Suzie” Is a Brutally Funny Unravelling," 21 Nov. 2020 In the scene, the camera zooms in on Corrin's shy face as her eyes dart away and back and smiles coyly. Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Put This Princess Diana Meme In The Louvre," 20 Nov. 2020 My eyes would dart between words like the fruit flies sussing out the peaches and plums in my kitchen. Oliver Munday, The Atlantic, "Proust Made My Rote Pandemic Existence Unfamiliar Again," 1 Nov. 2020 Missing those getting-to-know-you conversations with strangers—unfeasible today when people prefer to dart away from each other like same-side magnets—Shayer proposed a series of just that. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "Meet the Dancer Behind Chanel and American Ballet Theatre’s New Docu-Series," 29 Oct. 2020 Always good in the open field, Harris made the turn and started to the outside, only to see two Bengals there, dart back inside and use his speed to burst through a crease for a 13-yard gain. Joel A. Erickson, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts might have found another undrafted gem in wide receiver DeMichael Harris," 22 Oct. 2020 The Duchy of Lancaster is as slippery as some of the salmon which dart up the river on one of its country grounds. David Mcclure, Town & Country, "A Closer Look at Queen Elizabeth’s Most Elusive Estate: The Duchy of Lancaster," 26 Sep. 2020 Information doesn’t seep in and my eyes dart around to the dozens of little boxes onscreen. Eli Reiter, Wired, "How Teachers Can Foster Community in Online Classrooms," 25 Sep. 2020 Kirim’s petrified son managed to dart out of the apartment. oregonlive, "Intruder with knife, boy being held: No Portland police response for 1 hour, 36 minutes," 18 Sep. 2020

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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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14 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Dart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dart. Accessed 24 Jan. 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


\ 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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