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

Definition of dash

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

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

transitive verb

1 : to break by striking or knocking angrily dashed the bouquet of flowers against the table
2a : ruin, destroy The news dashed his hopes.
c : to make ashamed dashed by her scorn
3 : 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
4 : to knock, hurl, or thrust violently dashed water onto his face a boat that had been dashed against the rocks
5 : splash, spatter Her pants were dashed with mud.
6 : to affect by mixing in something different His delight was dashed with bitterness.
7 [euphemism] : damn entry 1 sense 4 Dash it all!



Definition of dash (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Over the years, the summer menu has expanded — from two new plays to four to the current six — a smorgasbord that over as little as two days compels you to dash from one playhouse to another on the campus of Shepherd University, the festival’s home. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 15 July 2022 Don’t get caught in slow motion as others dash to the door of innovation. Robert Hoban, Forbes, 2 May 2022 That would dash the oil and gas industry’s dreams of a blue hydrogen future. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, 29 Dec. 2021 During a break in the endless Zoo TV Tour, U2 decided to dash off an EP to help generate excitement for the next live leg. Al Shipley, SPIN, 13 May 2022 Fraser said an outbreak could dash North Koreans’ hopes for the further resumption of trade, worsening food shortages that Kim already warned about last year. Jennifer Jett, NBC News, 12 May 2022 Something that would dash its grand hopes of attracting those Republican tourists. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Apr. 2022 The auction appears to dash whatever hope remained among collectors and academics that Dewitt’s collection could remain in Connecticut, complete and as a center of political scholarship and tourism. Hartford Courant, 8 May 2022 Thursday night didn’t dash those postseason dreams. Chris Fedor, cleveland, 24 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Garnish with a dash of bitters and a pineapple leaf. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 Aug. 2022 The best stocking gifts for her incorporate practicality with a dash of luxury. Elizabeth Berry, Woman's Day, 26 July 2022 Gucci suggests sipping it in four different ways: straight up, on the rocks, with a dash of sparkling wine or with a little tonic. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 8 July 2022 Unlike pesto, this sauce does not emulsify; keep it loose — and deliciously piquant — with a dash of caper brine, if necessary. Chris Morris, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 And while numerous dwelling classifications present the appeal of the unorthodox, is there anything more alluring than living out your very own Batman fantasy with a dash of southwestern style? J.d. Simkins, Sunset Magazine, 17 June 2022 His croqueta recipe hits all those notes: crunchy, creamy, savory and fresh, with a good dash of drama. Kathleen Squires, WSJ, 16 June 2022 What Hi-Tech builds in its 200,000-square-foot workshop in Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth) is authenticity with a dash of the modern. Thomas Page, CNN, 8 June 2022 So were his trademark couture shapes — tight corsetry atop exuberant skirts — cut with a dash of sportswear and a splash of wit and mixed up with big, blowsy suiting in streetwear-meets-C-Suite proportions. New York Times, 8 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dash


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 8b

History and Etymology for dash

Verb and Noun

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

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More Definitions for dash


\ 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.



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, Otherwise Known as 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


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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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