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dart

[dahrt]
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noun
  1. 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.
  2. something similar in function to such a missile, as the stinging member of an insect.
  3. 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.
  4. an act of darting; a sudden swift movement.
  5. a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.
verb (used without object)
  1. to move swiftly; spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: A mouse darted out of the closet and ran across the room.
verb (used with object)
  1. to thrust or move suddenly or rapidly: He darted his eyes around the room.

Origin of dart

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Low Franconian; compare Old English daroth, Old High German tart, Old Norse darrathr spear, lance
Related formsdart·ing·ly, adverbdart·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms

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1. arrow, barb. 6. dash, bolt, shoot.
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Examples from the Web for darted

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  • They darted from Garson to the other three men, and back again in rebuke.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.

    K

    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Kitty was with them, and she darted towards me, but Mrs. Van Dam was before her.

  • An instant later Chak darted into the tent and fell to the ground.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Biddy darted off to an adjoining room, leaving me alone with my employer.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson


British Dictionary definitions for darted

dart1

noun
  1. a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot, as in the game of darts
  2. a sudden quick movement
  3. zoology a slender pointed structure, as in snails for aiding copulation or in nematodes for penetrating the host's tissues
  4. a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
verb
  1. to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shootshe darted across the room
See also darts
Derived Formsdarting, adjectivedartingly, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old English daroth spear, Old High German tart dart

dart2

noun
  1. any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish

Word Origin

from Middle English darce, from Late Latin dardus, dart, javelin
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Word Origin and History for darted

dart

v.

late 14c., "to pierce with a dart," from dart (n.). Meaning "to move like a dart" is attested from 1610s. Related: Darted; darter; darting.

dart

n.

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.

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