dash, sprint

(noun) a quick run

dash, bolt

(noun) the act of moving with great haste; “he made a dash for the door”

dash, elan, flair, panache, style

(noun) distinctive and stylish elegance; “he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer”

dash, dah

(noun) the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code

hyphen, dash

(noun) 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


(noun) a footrace run at top speed; “he is preparing for the 100-yard dash”


(verb) add an enlivening or altering element to; “blue paint dashed with white”

smash, dash

(verb) break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over; “Smash a plate”

crash, dash

(verb) hurl or thrust violently; “He dashed the plate against the wall”; “Waves were dashing against the rock”

daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scare

(verb) cause to lose courage; “dashed by the refusal”

dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shoot

(verb) run or move very quickly or hastily; “She dashed into the yard”


(verb) destroy or break; “dashed ambitions and hopes”

Source: WordNet® 3.1



dash (plural dashes)

(typography) Any of the following symbols: ‒ (figure dash), – (en dash), — (em dash), or ― (horizontal bar).

(computing) A hyphen or minus sign.

(by extension) The longer of the two symbols of Morse code.

A short run, flight.

A rushing or violent onset.

Violent strike; a whack.

A small quantity of a liquid substance etc.; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.

(figurative, by extension) A slight admixture.

Ostentatious vigor.

A dashboard.

(Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia) A bribe or gratuity; a gift.

(dated, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)


• punctuation mark


• See also dash


dash (third-person singular simple present dashes, present participle dashing, simple past and past participle dashed)

(intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.

(intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.

(transitive) To destroy by striking (against).

(transitive) To throw violently.

(ambitransitive, sometimes, figurative) To sprinkle; to splatter.

(transitive, dated) To mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality.

(transitive, of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.

(transitive) To dishearten; to sadden.

(transitive) To complete hastily, usually with down or off.

(transitive) To draw quickly; jot.



(euphemistic) Damn!


• ADHs, SAHD, Sadh, dahs, shad


Proper noun


A topographic surname.

(rare) A male given name from surnames.


• ADHs, SAHD, Sadh, dahs, shad

Source: Wiktionary

Dash, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Dashed; p. pr. & vb. n. Dashing.] Etym: [Of. Scand. origin; cf. Dan daske to beat, strike, Sw. & Icel. daska, Dan. & Sw. dask blow.]

1. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against. If you dash a stone against a stone in the botton of the water, it maketh a sound. Bacon.

2. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin. Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Ps. ii. 9. A brave vessel, . . . Dashed all to pieces. Shak. To perplex and dash Maturest counsels. Milton.

3. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress. South. Dash the proud gamesPope.

4. 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. I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications. Addison. The very source and fount of day Is dashed with wandering isles of night. Tennyson.

5. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.

6. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.

Dash, v. i.

Definition: To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks. [He] dashed through thick and thin. Dryden. On each hand the gushing waters play, And down the rough cascade all dashing fall. Thomson.

Dash, n.

1. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.

2. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.

3. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple. Innocence when it has in it a dash of folly. Addison.

4. 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. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.

5. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.

6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash. [Low]

7. (Punctuation)

Definition: 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. John Wilson.

8. (Mus.) (a) The sign of staccato, a small mark [. (b) The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.

9. (Racing)

Definition: A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course;

– used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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