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dart

[ dahrt ]
/ dɑrt /
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Definition of dart

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.
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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

OTHER WORDS FROM dart

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

dart1
/ (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
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Derived forms of dart

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)

dart2
/ (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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