\ 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 offdashed 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

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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 The relationship between two female friends begins to fracture when they’re pulled into the world of a successful woman and her dashing husband. Washington Post, "Washington Post paperback bestsellers," 19 May 2020 Some of your favorite Murphy players — like Darren Criss and dashing American Horror Story dad Dylan McDermott — appear in the sumptuous period piece. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "You Have 12 New Netflix Treats To Binge This Weekend — Here’s What’s Worth Watching," 1 May 2020 This dashing cephalopod is on eBay! 100% of his sale will go straight to @mealsonwheelsamerica to help out folks in need of food in these weird times. oregonlive, "Drive-by ‘zoo’ pops up in Portland’s Alberta neighborhood," 25 Apr. 2020 At the beginning, in late March 2019, there were two characters in the drama: the dark-eyed female, smaller of body, her sides black as well as orange; and the dashing male. Anchorage Daily News, "The secret life of a red fox family," 28 Mar. 2020 Ralph Bellamy, a dashing movie star, read from Benét’s play. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "The National Emergency Library Is a Gift to Readers Everywhere," 26 Mar. 2020 In the photo, shared to Lopez’s Instagram account late Sunday night, Rodriguez, 44, looked dashing in a traditional black tux while his fiancée rocked an all-white number featuring shorts with long sheer overlay, lace sleeves and a lace bodice. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Jennifer Lopez Shows Off Sexy White Feathered Second Look at Golden Globes with Alex Rodriguez," 6 Jan. 2020 The land was offered to investors by Hollywood Land Co. developer Joseph Young, whose plans to build a dream city were dashed by a 1926 hurricane and the Great Depression, Taylor said. Larry Barszewski, sun-sentinel.com, "Company asks $500,000 for county park land it scooped up at auction," 18 Sep. 2019 But those hopes were repeatedly dashed—especially after the death last year of Sudan, the last male northern white rhino. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "Scientists have successfully created embryos of the near-extinct northern white rhino," 11 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The interior of my car featured leather upholstery and soft materials on the doors, dash and arm rests. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "2020 Hyundai Sonata hybrid delivers 52 mpg, surprising features," 28 May 2020 More soft materials cover the dash and door panel inserts, with attractive orange accent stitching on my car. cleveland, "2020 Nissan Sentra may be the perfect car for nervous times," 23 May 2020 Our recipes aren’t made to be bland or forgettable, but to be memorable and packed with butter, salt, cream, and (of course) enough dashes of whichever and whatever from the spice cabinet to really make the dish sing for the family supper. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, "The Store-Bought Creole Seasoning That Every Southern Cook Needs In the Spice Cabinet," 22 May 2020 My dash isn’t flat, so the wide mat didn’t work for me. Dallas News, "Lighting up the darkness," 21 May 2020 Kari Sonde rounded up four ingredients — gochujang, horseradish, sumac and miso – that, with a dash or sprinkle, can add a big bolt of flavor to savory dishes. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and discuss making the most of your freezer, baking with less yeast, this week's recipes and more!," 20 May 2020 The semi driver kept going, however, and an uninvolved driver happened to have a dash camera rolling. oregonlive, "Semi driver sends car careening into median, drives off; troopers seek info (video)," 30 Apr. 2020 Smoked Old Fashioned Hickory wood chips 2 ounces bourbon 1 sugar cube 2 dashes Angostura bitters Turn an Old-Fashioned glass upside down on a clean surface and slip the hose from a smoking gun underneath the rim. Cole Wilson, Popular Mechanics, "Your Home Bar Needs a Smoke Gun, an Immersion Circulator, and...Milk?," 24 Apr. 2020 Workers manufacture car dash covers at a maquiladora owned by the TECMA group in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, in 2013. Los Angeles Times, "U.S. factories in Mexico are still open. As the coronavirus spreads, workers are dying," 18 Apr. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for dash

Time Traveler

The first known use of dash was in the 14th century

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Last Updated

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dash.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dash. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce dash (audio)

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



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


\ 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, 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)


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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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