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dash

verb \ ˈdash \
Updated on: 22 Nov 2017

Definition of dash

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
4 a : 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 drink
  • dash off a letter
  • … he dashed off the book in eight weeks …
  • —Paul Fussell
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[euphemism]
: 1damn 4
  • Dash it all!
intransitive verb
1 : to move with sudden speed
  • dashed down the hallway
2 : smash
  • waves dashing against the rocks

Examples of dash in a Sentence

  1. I'm sorry, but I must dash. I'm late.

  2. She dashed down the hallway to the bathroom.

  3. People were dashing inside to get out of the rain.

  4. The waves dashed the boat against the rocks.

  5. Her hopes of winning a medal were dashed after she broke her leg.

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Origin and Etymology of dash

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


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dash

noun

Definition of dash

1 a archaic : blow
b (1) : a sudden burst or splash
  • a dash of rain
(2) : the sound produced by such a burst
2 a : 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
6 a : 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 2
  • put the map on the dash

Examples of dash in a Sentence

  1. We made a dash for the exit.

  2. the cavalry officer's dash and enthusiasm inspired his men to follow him into battle

Recent Examples of dash from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of dash

see 1dash



DASH Defined for English Language Learners

dash

verb

Definition of dash for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of dash for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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dash

verb \ ˈdash \

Definition of dash for Students

dashed; dashing
1 : to knock, hurl, or shove violently
  • The storm dashed the boat against a reef.
2 : 2smash 1
  • He dashed the plate to pieces.
3 : 1splash 2
  • She dashed water on her face.
4 : 1ruin 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.

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dash

noun

Definition of dash for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

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

Origin and Etymology of dash

dietary approaches to stop hypertension



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