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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. the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
  4. run or move very quickly or hastily; " She dashed into the yard"
  5. destroy or break; " dashed ambitions and hopes"
  6. a quick run
  7. distinctive and stylish elegance; " he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"
  8. 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
  9. a footrace run at top speed; " he is preparing for the 100- yard dash"
  10. add an enlivening or altering element to; " blue paint dashed with white"
  11. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over; " Smash a plate"
  12. cause to lose courage; " dashed by the refusal"
  13. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
  14. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
  15. 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.
  16. To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
  17. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
  18. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
  19. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
  20. 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.
  21. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  22. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.
  23. 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.
  24. The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
  25. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; - often used with against.
  26. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; - with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  27. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; - with out; as, to dash out a word.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; - used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
  31. 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.
  32. To rush with violence; strike something on a surface with a violent noisy motion.
  33. 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.
  34. To throw violently: to break by throwing together: to throw water suddenly: to bespatter: to destroy or frustrate: to mix or adulterate.
  35. To strike against: to break against, as water: to rush with violence.
  36. A violent striking: a rushing or violent onset: a blow: a mark (-) at a break in a sentence: a slight admixture.
  37. Collision; onset; impetuosity; the mark (-) in writing or printing.
  38. To rush or strike against.
  39. To throw or strike suddenly or violently; to destroy or frustrate.
  40. To throw suddenly and violently; hurl; shatter; splash.
  41. To sketch hastily; with off.
  42. To discourage; abash.
  43. To rush impetuously.
  44. A sudden onset; rush; impetuosity; spirit; display.
  45. A check; collision.
  46. A slight admixture.
  47. A line as a mark of punctuation, etc.
  48. 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.
  49. 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.
  50. To strike against and break; to rush with violence.
  51. 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.
  52. 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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Quotes of dash

  1. Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away. – Aeschylus
  2. You can trust a Neil Simon script. Every dot. Every dash that pause means something. He takes all the jokes out, practically. – Hector Elizondo
  3. Socialism also brings us up against the hard rock of eugenic fact which, if we neglect it, will dash our most beautiful social construction to fragments. – Havelock Ellis
  4. The stones themselves are thick with history, and those cats that dash through the alleyways must surely be the ghosts of the famous dead in feline disguise. – Erica Jong
  5. My personal philosophy is I'm running a 100 -yard dash and I haven't reached the end. – Bill Kurtis
  6. Scientists- the crowd that for dash and style make the general public look like the Bloomsbury set. – Fran Lebowitz
  7. Germany expected that at the most a day or so would see Belgian resistance broken and the dash on Paris begun. It was not safe to start such a forward rush with Belgium unconquered. – Kelly Miller
  8. Thus one memory follows another until the waves dash together over our heads, and a deep sigh swells the breast, which warns us that we have forgotten to breathe in the midst of these pure thoughts. – Max Muller
  9. Every time somebody tries to go in and reinvent what we do, it always ends up being more about technology and sets, and flash and dash forgetting the main thing, which is interesting people saying interesting, important things. – Diane Sawyer
  10. I was built for the long run, not for the short dash I guess. – William Shatner

Usage examples for dash

  1. " Oh, d- dash it all! – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  2. I dash for the door. – The Man Upstairs and Other Stories by P. G. Wodehouse
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. No I'll dash it off right here on the lib'ry table. – Wilt Thou Torchy by Sewell Ford
  7. Oh, dash it, Robin! – The Obstacle Race by Ethel M. Dell
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. The better way then is to dash right in? – The Awkward Age by Henry James
  11. Sherm was about fifteen feet away and he made a dash to stop these preparations. – Chicken Little Jane by Lily Munsell Ritchie
  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. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  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. 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
  18. Oh, dash it all, Stanninghame, don't be such an old bear! – The Sign of the Spider by Bertram Mitford
  19. A little dash of pink in her face and neck answered his eyes. – The Man Who Wins by Robert Herrick
  20. If this is so, dash you out upon the second horse. – Tom Tufton's Travels by Evelyn Everett-Green

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