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.
- dart·ing·ly, adverb
- dart·ing·ness, noun
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How to use dart in a sentence
It was like throwing darts at a map and hoping to get lucky, he told ProPublica.A Boy Went to a COVID-Swamped ER. He Waited for Hours. Then His Appendix Burst. | by Jenny Deam | September 15, 2021 | ProPublica
Led by Harrison Agrusa from the University of Maryland, researchers modeled how much dart might change the spin or rotation of Dimorphos by calculating how the momentum of the impact will alter the asteroid’s roll, pitch, and yaw.NASA is going to slam a spacecraft into an asteroid. Things might get chaotic. | Jonathan O'Callaghan | September 9, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The knees are extra padded for increased comfort and durability when paddling, while dart seams along the waist on both the front and back give it a flattering, tapered-waist look.There’s Never Been a Better Time to Buy a Sustainable Wetsuit | wtaylor | July 23, 2021 | Outside Online
Then the hosts start firing steel-tipped lawn darts at the male cage, one every second or two!Gene Weingarten: I’ve got a few gender-reveal ideas for parents | Gene Weingarten | May 20, 2021 | Washington Post
Then Daniel Sprong broke the Islanders’ stretch with a dart from the left circle 22 seconds later for his seventh goal.Ilya Samsonov and the Capitals are not great as the Islanders score eight | Samantha Pell | April 2, 2021 | Washington Post
Moments before he begins to rap, his eyes dart nervously around.
Her eyes dart through oval, wire-rimmed glasses that rest gently on her round cheeks.A Shooting on a Tribal Land Uncovers Feds Running Wild | Caitlin Dickson | August 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Two taps and a fast dart later, it was in the back of the net.Uruguay’s Luis Suárez Puts Two Stakes Through England’s Heart | Tunku Varadarajan | June 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The same is true for Iris dart, who has adapted her book Beaches (later a popular film) for the stage.
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 | Alex Belth | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The first true pang of grief shot through Ethel like a dart, stabbing and taking away her breath, "Where are they?"The Daisy Chain | Charlotte Yonge
It finally plunged sharply down to a steamboat ferry, over which we crossed the dart and landed directly in the town.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
Spread out on one of the steep slopes of the dart, it overlooks the deep-set river toward the sea.British Highways And Byways From A Motor Car | Thomas D. Murphy
He had no inclination for some minutes to dart down again into the valley to proceed on the course he had marked out.Digby Heathcote | W.H.G. Kingston
To such a mind, ridicule is a venomed dart, piercing and poisoning, and pride but inflames the wound.Alone | Marion Harland
British Dictionary definitions for dart (1 of 2)
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; shoot: she darted across the room
- See also darts
- darting, adjective
- dartingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for dart (2 of 2)
any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish
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