- 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 darts
At that point, the partner officer used the Taser in “contact mode,” which means it did not deploy the darts.Autopsy of Porn Star 'Sledge Hammer' Reveals 'Neck Trauma,' Raising Questions About LAPD’s Actions
Maria Elena Fernandez, Christine Pelisek
August 31, 2012
The hobbling skirts and the exaggerated peplums and darts looked like the wild dreams of a woman … as envisioned by a man.Designing for the One Percent at New York Fashion Week
February 14, 2012
She smiles and darts out the door, looking—for now—like just another pretty young girl in Los Angeles.Clooney's Running Mate
December 1, 2009
My tween announces that she must and will say something to him and she darts away.New Moon Rises Over Hollywood
November 17, 2009
I took note that butt plugs are kind of shaped like darts; it looked pretty easy to slip one past the goalie.Getting Whipped at Leather Pride
June 26, 2009
We could see the shafts of the darts fast in the cleft, bristling in the moonlight.The Trail Book
On this occasion he had provided himself with a large bundle of darts, but—wise man!Green Mansions
W. H. Hudson
The darts of calamity may assail her on every side, but she is invulnerable to them all.Imogen
The current used flows in the direction of the darts (C) or to the left.Electricity for Boys
J. S. Zerbe
Here the fluttering phantom of flying Aeneas darts and hides itself.The Aeneid of Virgil
- (functioning as singular) any of various competitive games in which darts are thrown at a dartboard
- 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 darts
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.