dash

verb
\ ˈdash How to pronounce dash (audio) \
dashed; dashing; dashes

Definition of dash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to break by striking or knocking angrily dashed the bouquet of flowers against the table
2 : to knock, hurl, or thrust violently dashed water onto his face a boat that had been dashed against the rocks
3 : splash, spatter his pants were dashed with mud
4a : ruin, destroy the news dashed his hopes
c : to make ashamed dashed by her scorn
5 : to affect by mixing in something different his delight was dashed with bitterness
6 : to complete, execute, or finish off hastily used with down or off dashed down a drinkdash off a letter… he dashed off the book in eight weeks …— Paul Fussell
7 [ euphemism ] : damn entry 1 sense 4 Dash it all!

intransitive verb

1 : to move with sudden speed dashed down the hallway
2 : smash waves dashing against the rocks

dash

noun

Definition of dash (Entry 2 of 2)

1a archaic : blow
b(1) : a sudden burst or splash a dash of rain
(2) : the sound produced by such a burst
2a : a stroke of a pen
b grammar : a punctuation mark — that is used especially to indicate a break in the thought or structure of a sentence
3 : a small usually distinctive addition a dash of salt a dash of humor
4 : flashy display really cuts a dash in his new suit
5 : animation in style and action the verve and dash of her personal writings
6a : a sudden onset, rush, or attempt make a dash for shelter
b sports : a short fast race won the 100-meter dash
7 : a long click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code) a combination of dots and dashes
8 automotive vehicles : dashboard sense 2 put the map on the dash

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Examples of dash in a Sentence

Verb

I'm sorry, but I must dash. I'm late. She dashed down the hallway to the bathroom. People were dashing inside to get out of the rain. The waves dashed the boat against the rocks. Her hopes of winning a medal were dashed after she broke her leg.

Noun

We made a dash for the exit. the cavalry officer's dash and enthusiasm inspired his men to follow him into battle
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Alan would have been 2 or 3 when Bobby and I dashed around... Allan Ripp, WSJ, "Requiem for a Childhood Friend," 21 Apr. 2019 The demise of Wow doesn't necessarily portend skyrocketing airfare, so don't dash those dreams of a cheap Euro-trip just yet. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Are the Discount Airlines Doomed?," 29 Mar. 2019 But after a long successful voyage a great number of those fishing boats have met the wave and been dashed against the rocks on Nazaré’s promontory. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 At the event, I was surrounded by pros who ran up to Nintendo reps with precise questions about techniques like frame cancelling and edge dashing and boost grabbing. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Super Smash Bros. Ultimate," 15 June 2018 The ship anchored in heavy seas to avoid being dashed on the rocks in an area known for shipwrecks. Jan M. Olsen, The Seattle Times, "Norway opens probe into why cruise ship ventured into storm," 25 Mar. 2019 She and Prince William, who was dashing in a tux, were invited to an official dinner in their honor at the Norwegian royal palace in Oslo on Thursday night. Erin Hill, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Middleton Is a Goddess in Ethereal Blush Gown From Her Wedding Dress Designer," 1 Feb. 2018 Sunny married the dashing young Prince Alfred von Auersperg at 24, but the couple divorced soon after Ala and her brother Alexander were born. Carl Swanson, Town & Country, "How Sunny Von Bulow's Daughter Ala Isham Found Her Voice," 14 Mar. 2019 Once upon a time, a beautiful blonde-haired girl met a dashing young man. Tara Lamont-djite, Harper's BAZAAR, "When Megan Met Henry: A Very British Wedding in Brooklyn," 11 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like other modern VWs, the air vents seem to spread across the entire dash thanks to clever trim pieces. Daniel Golson, Car and Driver, "The Volkswagen Golf Mark 8 Is Getting a Radical Interior Redesign," 15 May 2019 An unexpected dash of color, even something like acid green, can do wonders! Elizabeth Pash, House Beautiful, "Why Louis XVI-Style Chairs Are a Must-Buy, No Matter Your Style," 26 Apr. 2019 Investigators were able to recover the precise movements of the Yukon via the Garmin GPS device that had been mounted to the dash, recording the car’s trips since 2010. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Sarah Hart Was ‘Intoxicated’: Everything We’ve Learned So Far About the Hart Family From the Coroner’s Inquest," 5 Apr. 2019 Last month at the Connecticut indoor track championships, Bloomfield High junior Terry Miller vanquished the competition—and the state record—to win the girls’ 55-meter dash. David Epstein, WSJ, "Testosterone and the Transgender Athlete," 15 Mar. 2019 The seats are comfortable, and the black panel dash hides the two-screen infotainment system when it's turned off. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "We’ve driven Audi’s first proper electric car, the 2019 e-tron SUV," 7 Dec. 2018 FloJo, set world records for the 100– and 200–meter dash that are still standing today. Aja Romano, Vox, "Beyoncé and Jay–Z paid tribute to black athletes — and black power — for Halloween," 1 Nov. 2018 The interior front dash looks a bit nicer than the Transit, and DIY vanlifers love that the rear cargo area features 90-degree angle sidewalls and a wide space for build outs. Megan Barber, Curbed, "The 5 best vans for your DIY camper conversion," 8 Oct. 2018 Grainy dash camera video shows McDonald writhing around on the ground after being shot 16 times. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Rahm Emanuel leaves behind tainted legacy as Chicago murder rate, crime and corruption surge on his watch," 6 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of dash

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for dash

Verb and Noun

Middle English dasshen, probably from Middle French dachier to impel forward

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dash

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to run or move quickly or suddenly
: to hit something in a violent and forceful way
: to break or destroy (something) by throwing or hitting it against something

dash

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dash (Entry 2 of 2)

: a punctuation mark — that is used especially to show a break in thought or in the structure of a sentence (as in "We don't know where—or how—the problem began.")
: a small amount of something that is added to something else
: the act of running or moving quickly or suddenly in a particular direction or to a particular place

dash

verb
\ ˈdash How to pronounce dash (audio) \
dashed; dashing

Kids Definition of dash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to knock, hurl, or shove violently The storm dashed the boat against a reef.
2 : smash entry 2 sense 1 He dashed the plate to pieces.
3 : splash entry 1 sense 2 She dashed water on her face.
4 : ruin entry 1 sense 2 Their hopes were dashed.
5 : to complete or do hastily He dashed off a note before leaving.
6 : to move with sudden speed The boys dashed up the stairs.

dash

noun

Kids Definition of dash (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden burst or splash a dash of cold water
2 : a punctuation mark — that is used most often to show a break in the thought or structure of a sentence
3 : a small amount : touch Add a dash of salt.
4 : liveliness in style and action A scarf adds dash to the outfit.
5 : a sudden rush or attempt … Jane made a mad dash for the hall bathroom and yelled, “Home-free-all!”— Judy Blume, Sheila the Great
6 : a short fast race 100-yard dash
7 : a long click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code)
8 : dashboard

DASH

noun
\ ˈdash\

Medical Definition of DASH

: a diet that is designed to lower blood pressure and emphasizes the consumption of fruit, vegetables, grains, and low-fat or non-fat dairy products

History and Etymology for dash

dietary approaches to stop hypertension

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