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[dah] /dɑ/
an echoic word, the referent of which is a tone interval approximately three times the length of the dot, used to designate the dash of Morse code, International Morse code, etc.
Compare dit.
Origin of dah
First recorded in 1935-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • dah you goes, de ole true Huck; de on'y white genlman dat ever kep' his promise to ole Jim.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • I asked, pointing to the mound with the betel-box and “dah.”

  • But dah, honey, doan' yo' fret yo' poah li'l haid 'bout it no-how.

    Mostly Mary Mary Edward Feehan
  • From what earlier captivity must that of Ju´dah be distinguished?

  • So in Is´ra-el there was a constant struggle for the leadership between the two great tribes of Ju´dah and E´phra-im.

  • Perhaps even Lahbo dropped the dah overboard, for all I know.

    The Sa'-Zada Tales William Alexander Fraser
  • She ben standin' dah sence mos' sun-up; look like she studyin' to take root to de gall'ry.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • Soot Chin dah eats by himself, sometimes in one place and sometimes in another.

    Siam George B. Bacon
  • I tell 'im, 'Jis so,' whils' I'se makin' out to bresh a spot off w'at ain' dah, on he coat colla.

    Bayou Folk Kate Chopin
  • It was impossible to meet this subtle and dreadful enemy with spear or dah.

    Jack Haydon's Quest John Finnemore
British Dictionary definitions for dah


the long sound used in combination with the short sound dit, in the spoken representation of Morse and other telegraphic codes Compare dash1 (sense 14)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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