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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

Etymologies

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)

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