dart

[dahrt]
noun
1.
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.
2.
something similar in function to such a missile, as the stinging member of an insect.
3.
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.
4.
an act of darting; a sudden swift movement.
5.
a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.
verb (used without object)
6.
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)
7.
to thrust or move suddenly or rapidly: He darted his eyes around the room.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Low Franconian; compare Old English daroth, Old High German tart, Old Norse darrathr spear, lance

dartingly, adverb
dartingness, noun


1. arrow, barb. 6. dash, bolt, shoot.
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dart1 (dɑːt)
 
n
1.  a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot, as in the game of darts
2.  a sudden quick movement
3.  zoology a slender pointed structure, as in snails for aiding copulation or in nematodes for penetrating the host's tissues
4.  a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
 
vb
5.  to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shoot: she darted across the room
 
[C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old English daroth spear, Old High German tart dart]
 
'darting1
 
adj
 
'dartingly1
 
adv

dart2 (dɑːt)
 
n
any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish
 
[from Middle English darce, from Late Latin dardus, dart, javelin]

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Word Origin & History

dart
early 14c., from O.Fr. dart, from P.Gmc. *darothuz, source of O.E. daroð. Verb meaning "to move like a dart" is attested from 1610s.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
DART
Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
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Bible Dictionary

Dart definition


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).

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Example sentences
Your eyes dart around, bringing different objects into view.
The scientists must send a team to tranquilize the bear with a dart gun, but
  they don't know how many gunners to send.
To me it seems that dark matter is dart due to the absence of light.
It will dart in and out of the famous rings, looking for clues to their varied
  colours and shifting striations.
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