- 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 darted
As cameras rolled, Conroy darted out the front door of the home with a jacket over her head and raced to a waiting car.Casey's Roommate Tells All
June 22, 2011
Unable to refuse the mother of a “privileged” client, Grasty darted out of bed immediately and took control of the situation.Confessions of an Ivy League Cleaning Lady
May 11, 2011
When Donny refused, Johnny darted for the knife rack in the kitchen.The Last of the Wasps
September 27, 2009
They darted from Garson to the other three men, and back again in rebuke.Within the Law
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.The Bacillus of Beauty
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
- 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 darted
late 14c., "to pierce with a dart," from dart (n.). Meaning "to move like a dart" is attested from 1610s. Related: Darted; darter; darting.
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.