from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A slender, pointed missile, often having tail fins, thrown by hand, shot from a blowgun, or expelled by an exploding bomb.
- n. An object likened to a slender, pointed missile either in shape, use, or effect.
- n. The stinger of an insect.
- n. Games A game in which small, slender, pointed missiles are thrown at a target.
- n. A sudden, rapid movement.
- n. A tapered tuck sewn to adjust the fit of a garment.
- intransitive v. To move suddenly and rapidly: The dog darted across the street.
- transitive v. To thrust or throw suddenly and rapidly.
- transitive v. To cause to move swiftly and abruptly: The squirrel darted its head from side to side before scampering up the tree.
- transitive v. To shoot (an animal) with a tranquilizing dart.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
- n. Anything resembling such a pointed missile weapon; anything that pierces or wounds like such a weapon.
- n. A plan or scheme.
- n. A sudden or fast movement.
- n. A fold that is stitched on a garment.
- n. A fish; the dace.
- n. A game of throwing darts at a target.
- v. To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- v. To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot
- v. To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart; to move rapidly in one direction; to shoot out quickly
- v. To start and run with speed; to shoot rapidly along
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; hence, any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
- n. Anything resembling a dart; anything that pierces or wounds like a dart.
- n. A spear set as a prize in running.
- n. A fish; the dace. See Dace.
- transitive v. To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- transitive v. To throw suddenly or rapidly; to send forth; to emit; to shoot.
- intransitive v. To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
- intransitive v. To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A pointed missile weapon thrown or thrust-by the hand; a small and light spear or javelin, sometimes hurled by the aid of a strap or thong.
- n. A kind of eel-spear.
- n. A spear set up as a prize for victory in running or other athletic contests.
- n. Anything like a dart in shape, use, or effect.
- n. In conch., a love-dart, or spiculum amoris
- n. One of various moths, so called by British collectors
- n. A seam uniting two edges of stuff from between which a gore has been cut away: designed to shape a garment to the figure.
- n. Figuratively, a piercing look or utterance.
- n. A sudden swift movement.
- To throw with a sudden thrust, as a pointed instrument.
- To throw or thrust suddenly or rapidly; emit; shoot: as, the sun darts forth his beams.
- To pierce; spear; transfix.
- To have the piercing movement or effect of a dart; move swiftly, like a dart.
- To spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: as, the deer darted from the thicket.
- n. Same as dace, 1.
- n. Plan; scheme.
- n. Idea; ‘style’; fancy: as, “strawberries and cream, eh!—that's my dart.”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. run or move very quickly or hastily
- n. a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
- n. a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
- v. move with sudden speed
- n. a sudden quick movement
- v. move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart
Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French dart, from Germanic origin; compare Old High German tart ("javelin, dart"), Old English dara, daro, Swedish dart dagger, Icelandic darrar ("dart"). (Wiktionary)