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[dahrt] /dɑrt/
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.
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
dartingly, adverb
dartingness, noun
1. arrow, barb. 6. dash, bolt, shoot. Unabridged
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  • "More than enough to do all you have spoken of," answered dart.

    The Dawn of a To-morrow Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Edwin was skilled to toss the dart; from his hand it flew unerring to its aim.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • McAllister had a fleeting desire to turn and dart from the room.

  • The Snake would then dart at them, and eat all he could seize.

  • Then, seeing us follow at undiminished speed, it would straighten out again and dart away like an arrow.

    Over Prairie Trails Frederick Philip Grove
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; shoot: she darted across the room
See also darts
Derived Forms
darting, adjective
dartingly, adverb
Word Origin
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
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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dart in the Bible

an instrument of war; a light spear. "Fiery darts" (Eph. 6:16) are so called in allusion to the habit of discharging darts from the bow while they are on fire or armed with some combustible material. Arrows are compared to lightning (Deut. 32:23, 42; Ps. 7:13; 120:4).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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