verb (used without object)

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)

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 for dart

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

Contemporary Examples of dart

  • In Young Frankenstein, there is a scene in which Gene Wilder throws a dart and misses the target.

  • But that would have meant a significant split in the vote between Dart and Rahm Emanuel.

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    Rahm and Race in Chicago

    Dirk Johnson

    January 4, 2011

  • Instead of moving chronologically, Fox encouraged Richards to allow his mind to “dart about.”

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    Keith Richards and Me

    Rebecca Dana

    October 27, 2010

  • Emanuel is a national figure, and Dart, for now, is scarcely known beyond the borders of Cook County.

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    Rahm's Toughest Hurdle

    Dirk Johnson

    October 2, 2010

  • While Davis finds plenty of shortcomings he perceives in Emanuel, he has a hard time finding anything negative to say about Dart.

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    Rahm's Toughest Hurdle

    Dirk Johnson

    October 2, 2010

Historical Examples of dart

British Dictionary definitions for dart




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
See also darts
Derived Formsdarting, adjectivedartingly, adverb

Word Origin for dart

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




any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish

Word Origin for dart

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

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.


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

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