- 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 darting
He lets it roll and then pokes it between two defenders to a teammate, darting inside towards the top of the box.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
There was Diane Kruger, darting around outside in a flouffy dress.Chanel's Star-Studded Night
September 10, 2010
They were other firecraft; he saw them darting in and down from all sides.The Hammer of Thor
Charles Willard Diffin
People were darting here and there, in ordinary clothes, or in all sorts of makeups.The Film of Fear
He was darting out of the gate, but his friend seized his coat.Cap'n Warren's Wards
Joseph C. Lincoln
Sime made a darting grasp for her wrist and wrung the weapon from her.The Martian Cabal
Roman Frederick Starzl
She rose swiftly to her feet, darting fearful glances on all sides.A Set of Six
- 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 darting
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.