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Definitions of dash

  1. the act of moving with great haste; " he made a dash for the door"
  2. hurl or thrust violently; " He dashed the plate against the wall"; " Waves were dashing against the rock"
  3. run or move very quickly or hastily; " She dashed into the yard"
  4. destroy or break; " dashed ambitions and hopes"
  5. a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  6. a footrace run at top speed; " he is preparing for the 100- yard dash"
  7. add an enlivening or altering element to; " blue paint dashed with white"
  8. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over; " Smash a plate"
  9. cause to lose courage; " dashed by the refusal"
  10. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
  11. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
  12. To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there; as, to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture.
  13. To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
  14. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
  15. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
  16. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
  17. A rapid movement, esp. one of short duration; a quick stroke or blow; a sudden onset or rush; as, a bold dash at the enemy; a dash of rain.
  18. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  19. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.
  20. A mark or line [--], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment. Dashes are also sometimes used instead of marks or parenthesis.
  21. The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
  22. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; - often used with against.
  23. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; - with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  24. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; - with out; as, to dash out a word.
  25. A mark or line [-], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment.
  26. The sign of staccato, a small mark [] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner.
  27. A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; - used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
  28. To throw violently or hastily; break by collision; hurl; shatter; splash; ruin; as, to dash one's hopes; to perform hastily, as writing; depress; confuse.
  29. To rush with violence; strike something on a surface with a violent noisy motion.
  30. A collision; a slight addition; a vulgar display; as, to cut a dash with fine clothes; a mark in writing or printing; something that causes discouragement; the striking of water in noisy motion; as, the dash of the waves; a sudden rush; a short, very quick race.
  31. To throw violently: to break by throwing together: to throw water suddenly: to bespatter: to destroy or frustrate: to mix or adulterate.
  32. To strike against: to break against, as water: to rush with violence.
  33. A violent striking: a rushing or violent onset: a blow: a mark (-) at a break in a sentence: a slight admixture.
  34. Collision; onset; impetuosity; the mark (-) in writing or printing.
  35. To rush or strike against.
  36. To throw or strike suddenly or violently; to destroy or frustrate.
  37. To throw suddenly and violently; hurl; shatter; splash.
  38. To sketch hastily; with off.
  39. To discourage; abash.
  40. To rush impetuously.
  41. A sudden onset; rush; impetuosity; spirit; display.
  42. A check; collision.
  43. A slight admixture.
  44. A line as a mark of punctuation, etc.
  45. A violent striking of two bodies; a slight admixture; a rushing or onset with violence; a sudden stroke; a blow; a sudden check; swift action; a mark noting a break in the sentence, thus -; a small mark. thus ( '), denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short distinct manner.
  46. To strike suddenly or violently; to break by collision; to throw water suddenly; to be spatter; to sprinkle; to mix and adulterate by throwing in another substance; to erase at a stroke; to destroy; to frustrate; to confound; to abash.
  47. To strike against and break; to rush with violence.
  48. To strike with suddenness or violence; to throw water suddenly; to mix or adulterate; to blot out; to scatter; to rush or strike with suddenness; to break through with violence.
  49. A striking together of two bodies; collision; a slight addition; a rushing or onset; a sudden stroke, flourish, or parade; in writing or printing, a mark thus (-); in music, thus ( 1), over a note.
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Usage examples for dash

  1. I saw him dash away the tears from his face with the back of his driving glove. – Youth and the Bright Medusa by Willa Cather
  2. The trader looked at the watch as if he intended to make a dash to recover it, but the girl kept him steadily covered with his own revolver. – Mystery Ranch by Arthur Chapman
  3. Smooth going, the signal to gallop, and a dash for it would have been his choice, but that was impossible. – Servants of the Guns by Jeffery E. Jeffery
  4. If this is so, dash you out upon the second horse. – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green
  5. There is in this kind of sport a dash of danger, that makes it all the more exciting. – Memoirs of Orange Jacobs by Orange Jacobs
  6. He felt certain that the German Fleet was sure to make, as he expressed it, " a dash for it." – Good Old Anna by Marie Belloc Lowndes
  7. No I'll dash it off right here on the lib'ry table. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  8. I dash for the door. – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  9. A little dash of pink in her face and neck answered his eyes. – The Man Who Wins by Robert Herrick
  10. Sherm was about fifteen feet away and he made a dash to stop these preparations. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  11. " Oh, d- dash it all! – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  12. Get the men ready to make a dash when I come back, for if I succeed the sooner we set about it the better. – Round the World in Seven Days by Herbert Strang
  13. The better way then is to dash right in? – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  14. Up in the corner of its cover was a line of writing in the same hand; the letters very small, and a delicate dash drawn under them. – The Other Girls by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
  15. She no longer wept: her child's death had made her ferocious- she wished to bite or to dash her skull against the wall. – The Shadow of the Cathedral by Vicente Blasco Ibañez
  16. If so, tell me quick that I might dash my head against yonder rock and end the torture now. – The Nightrider's Feud by Walter C. McConnell
  17. Oh, dash it all, Stanninghame, don't be such an old bear! – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  18. There was a dash of rain, and we thought the storm had begun; but that ended it, as so many times this summer a dash of rain has ended a storm. – Literature and Life by William Dean Howells
  19. Oh, dash it, Robin! – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  20. Lola made her way to Kensington Gardens filled with a desire which had been growing upon her ever since she woke up to make another Cinderella dash into the great world. – The Rustle of Silk by Cosmo Hamilton
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