Definition of dart in English:

dart

Syllabification: dart
Pronunciation: /därt
 
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noun

  • 1A small pointed missile that can be thrown or fired.
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    • Research is also being carried out in England into the possible use of tasers, which fire darts connected to a wire that carries an electrical current powerful enough to incapacitate the target.
    • Taser guns fire two small darts, each trailing fine wires.
    • One drew a small blowgun and fired small, poisoned darts at them.
    Synonyms
    small arrow, missile, projectile, flechette
  • 1.1A small pointed missile with a feather or plastic tail, used in the game of darts.
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    • Indeed, had he reversed the shafts and thrown flight first, the dart would still have buried itself to a depth of three inches: the dartboard never stood a chance.
    • Third dart, I concentrated, gazed down that corridor of space separating the tip of my dart from the treble 20.
    • This more often than not meant most of their games resulted in a tortuous struggle to plant a dart in Double One.
  • 1.2 Zoology A dartlike calcareous organ of a snail forming part of the reproductive system, exchanged during copulation.
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    • We found that snails that shot darts effectively had a reproductive advantage over snails that shot poorly.
    • Successful dart shooters father more babies than do snails that miss with their darts.
    • But it turns out that snails don't incorporate the calcium in the dart into their bodies.
  • 2An act of running somewhere suddenly and rapidly: the cat made a dart for the door
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    • Brian Flanagan made a dart for the pavilion end from a ruck, and found the sharp Bernard Behan on his right and the out-half left the cover standing.
    • Again the alert Connor was in the thick of things as he made a dart for the line, only to be blocked a couple of paces short of the target.
    • Nothing much looked on when centre Aaron Moule made a dart for the right-hand corner but somehow he reached out to plant the ball.
    Synonyms
    dash, rush, run, bolt, break, start, charge, sprint, bound, leap, dive; scurry, scamper, scrambledash, rush, tear, run, bolt, fly, shoot, charge, race, sprint, bound, leap, dive, gallop, scurry, scamper, scramble
    informal scoot
  • 2.1A sudden, intense pang of a particular emotion: a dart of panic
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    • Her whole nature seemed sharpened and intensified into a pure dart of hate.
    • In those usually confident and bright eyes, there was a flickering dart of fear and fury.
    • We could say, in a Platonic sense, that the dart of nostalgia hits man, wounds him, and precisely in this way puts wings on him, lifts him upwards.
  • 3A tapered tuck stitched into a garment in order to shape it.
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    • Beginning at the dart point, stitch to the dart cut end; backstitch and clip the threads.
    • Once you understand the role of darts in shaping a garment, you will be glad to have them in all your clothing.
    • Avoid surface manipulations such as gathers, pleats, tucks and darts.

verb

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  • 1Move or run somewhere suddenly or rapidly: she darted across the street
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    • Zem and the women ran out into the streets, darting between people moving slowly in the opposite direction.
    • She watched how Keldan moved, darting from one piece of cover to the next, doubtless to deny his target a chance to use a ranged weapon.
    • I don't really work out, but I do like to move, and I dart up the subway stairs effortlessly now because my body feels good.
  • 1.1 [with object] Cast (a look or one’s eyes) suddenly and rapidly in a particular direction: she darted a glance across the table
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    • Kate, Madeline's ladysmaid, floated around not really doing anything and occasionally darting angry looks in my direction.
    • You walked towards me, smiling and darting your eyes in all directions.
    • My gaze drifted past a familiar head of blond hair and I immediately darted my eyes back in his direction.
    Synonyms
    direct, cast, throw, shoot, send, flash
  • 1.2 [with object] archaic Throw (a missile).
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    • He darted a spear at his enemy.
  • 1.3 [with object] Shoot (an animal) with a dart, typically in order to administer a drug.
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    • I was supposed to be darting Sable antelope in Africa.
    • We often dart the lions so we can take blood samples or tissue samples, and this definitely the most exciting experience.
    • The darting methods and the drugs used to dart the animals has advanced quite a lot.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French, accusative of darz, dars, from a West Germanic word meaning 'spear, lance'.

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