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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. 2018.
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  • Then they sprang to their feet and began to draw their dahs.

    The Elephant God Gordon Casserly
  • Yes, 'deed; dahs a whole company sleepin' on de front poach over dar.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • Among other articles which I have noticed are "dahs," and knives of many sorts and degrees of excellence.

    Burma R.Talbot Kelly
  • We tuk five elephints, a hunder' an' sivinty Sniders, two hunder' dahs, and a lot av other burglarious thruck.

    Soldier Stories Rudyard Kipling
  • They found it in the hands of about sixty Bhuttias, armed with dahs, who were plundering right and left.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • They were armed with rusty muzzle-loaders, unloaded, and with long Burmese swords (dahs).

    An Australian in China George Ernest Morrison
  • We could hold them in the narrow stairs there with our dahs, but she'll do the job much better.

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


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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