- a small, slender missile that is pointed at one end and usually feathered at the other and is propelled by hand, as in the game of darts, or by a blowgun when used as a weapon.
- something similar in function to such a missile, as the stinging member of an insect.
- darts, (used with a singular verb) a game in which darts are thrown at a target usually marked with concentric circles divided into segments and with a bull's-eye in the center.
- an act of darting; a sudden swift movement.
- a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.
- to move swiftly; spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: A mouse darted out of the closet and ran across the room.
- to thrust or move suddenly or rapidly: He darted his eyes around the room.
Origin of dart
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Examples from the Web for dart
In Young Frankenstein, there is a scene in which Gene Wilder throws a dart and misses the target.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
But that would have meant a significant split in the vote between Dart and Rahm Emanuel.Rahm and Race in Chicago
January 4, 2011
Instead of moving chronologically, Fox encouraged Richards to allow his mind to “dart about.”Keith Richards and Me
October 27, 2010
Emanuel is a national figure, and Dart, for now, is scarcely known beyond the borders of Cook County.
While Davis finds plenty of shortcomings he perceives in Emanuel, he has a hard time finding anything negative to say about Dart.
This dart which I hold in my hand was once grim Death's own weapon.A Virtuoso's Collection (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
Edwin was skilled to toss the dart; from his hand it flew unerring to its aim.Imogen
The Snake would then dart at them, and eat all he could seize.
"But you've never failed," Miss Adair exclaimed, with a dart of fear in her eyes.Blue-grass and Broadway
Maria Thompson Daviess
But when I threw in a live remora, how these hungry fish did dart away!Tales of Fishes
- a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot, as in the game of darts
- a sudden quick movement
- zoology a slender pointed structure, as in snails for aiding copulation or in nematodes for penetrating the host's tissues
- a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
- to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shootshe darted across the room
- any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish
Word Origin and History for dart
early 14c., from Old French dart "throwing spear, arrow," from Proto-Germanic *darothuz cf. Old English daroð, Old High German tart, Old Norse darraþr "dart"). Italian and Spanish dardo are said to be from Germanic by way of Old Provençal.
late 14c., "to pierce with a dart," from dart (n.). Meaning "to move like a dart" is attested from 1610s. Related: Darted; darter; darting.