American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
- v. To move suddenly and rapidly: The dog darted across the street.
- v. To thrust or throw suddenly and rapidly.
- v. To cause to move swiftly and abruptly: The squirrel darted its head from side to side before scampering up the tree.
- v. To shoot (an animal) with a tranquilizing dart.
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. Specifically— The missile or arrow of a blow-gun when made with a point.
- 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.”
- 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. Australia, obsolete A plan or scheme.
- n. A sudden or fast movement.
- n. sewing A fold that is stitched on a garment.
- n. zoology A fish; the dace.
- n. in the plural A game of throwing darts at a target.
- v. transitive To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- v. transitive To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot
- v. intransitive To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart; to move rapidly in one direction; to shoot out quickly
- v. intransitive To start and run with speed; to shoot rapidly along
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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. obsolete A spear set as a prize in running.
- n. (Zoöl.) A fish; the dace. See Dace.
- v. To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- v. To throw suddenly or rapidly; to send forth; to emit; to shoot.
- v. To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
- v. To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along.
- 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
- 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)
- Middle English, from Old French, of Germanic origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Getting hit with a nerf dart is like getting hit with a paper airplane.”
“A science teacher at Battery Creek High School resigned Friday, about two weeks after he was placed on paid leave for shooting a foam dart from a plastic Nerf gun at a student ....”
“Alaric tells Damon that he only has one more vervain dart and they go back into the house.”
“The crocodile, named Chu Chu, severed Mr Chang's forearm at the Shaoshan Zoo in the southern city of Kaohsiung when the veterinarian tried to retrieve a tranquilliser dart from the reptile's hide.”
“If you live on the dart board that makes up Hurricane Alley, the odds are highly in your favor that a dart is going to hit the board.”
“When that station is reached, I again dart ahead to repeat the maneuver.”
“Polly stood a moment more, as if awaiting some communication about the child; but as Miss Mehitable turned away, and appeared to be busying herself about the fire, Polly gave a sudden windy dart from the room, and closed the door with a bang that made the window-casings rattle.”
“_darce_ and _dars_, is from the same root as our word dart, given on account of the swiftness of the fish.”
“We have disaster assistance response experts from the U.S. government in what's called a dart team out in the field, in the four most effected countries, and they're working with local officials and NGOs to assess the needs, and that will drive further contributions by the U.S. government.”
“ZARRELLA: The scientists also tell us that they would like to see a network of buoys, at least a couple of buoys, they're called dart buoys, they exist in the Pacific Ocean, right now in the Pacific.”
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