: made up of a series of dashes
a lane marked off by dashed lines

Examples of dashed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Real Estate: With China’s real estate boom coming to a sudden halt, many Chinese homebuyers have been left with dashed dreams, empty bank accounts and unfinished homes. Joy Dong, New York Times, 30 Jan. 2023 The dashed red line shows smoothed observational data. Tom Yulsman, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2021 But the path there isn’t yet clear, many backers say, and hydrogen has been a source of dashed hopes for years. Jenny Strasburg, WSJ, 14 June 2022 But the cream-cheese shortage appears to have hit a particular nerve, capping a year of dashed hopes for a return to normal with another obstacle to enjoying even the tiniest of indulgences. Washington Post, 16 Dec. 2021 Seconds later, two more dashed from the street toward several trash bags. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 The dashed red lines shows the seven-day moving average. Cheri Mossburg and Amir Vera, CNN, 13 Sep. 2021 Like practically everything else, COVID-19 dashed plans for the usual festival in 2020. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 6 Aug. 2021 Then there’s the dashed hope that working from home would lead to a reduction in driving. Doug Gordon, The New Republic, 26 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1889, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dashed was circa 1889

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“Dashed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dashed. Accessed 24 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: made up of a series of dashes
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