dart

[ dahrt ]
/ dɑrt /
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noun

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 forms

dart·ing·ly, adverbdart·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dart (1 of 2)

dart

1
/ (dɑːt) /

noun

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

verb

to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shootshe darted across the room
See also darts

Derived Forms

darting, adjectivedartingly, adverb

Word Origin for dart

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

British Dictionary definitions for dart (2 of 2)

dart

2
/ (dɑːt) /

noun

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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