- The definition of a dash is a quick movement or a small amount of an ingredient.
- An example of a dash is a quick run to the car in the rain to avoid getting wet.
- An example of a dash is a bit of salt added to a sauce.
- To dash is defined as to move quickly, to destroy or to add elements to something.
- An example of to dash is to run down the hallway.
- An example of to dash is to ruin a family's chance to go on a special vacation, to dash their hopes.
- An example of to dash is to add a bit of pepper to a salad.
A man dashes down the hall.
- to throw so as to break; smash
- to strike with violence
- to throw, knock, or thrust: with away, down, against, etc.
- to splash or spatter (liquid) on (someone or something)
- to mix with a little of another substance
- to destroy; frustrate: to dash one's hopes
- to depress; discourage
- to put to shame; abash
Origin of dasheuphemism for damnInformal to damn: usually in the imperative as a mild curse
Origin of dashMiddle English dashen, to strike, rush ; from Scandinavian as in Swedish daska, Danish daske, slap; probably of echoic origin, originally
- to strike violently (against or on)
- to move swiftly or impetuously; rush
- the effect or sound of smashing or splashing
- a bit of something added: a dash of salt
- a sudden, swift movement; rush
- ☆ a short, fast run or race
- spirited quality; vigor; verve
- striking or showy appearance or display
- dashboard (sense )
- a hasty stroke with pen or brush
- either of two marks (— or –), used in printing and writing to indicate a break in sentence structure, a parenthetical element, or to connect numbers showing a range of dates, times, etc.
- Telegraphy a long sound or signal, as in Morse code
cut a dash☆
- to do or write hastily
- to rush away
- a gift or tip offered to get better service
- a bribe
verbdashed, dash·ing, dash·es
- To move with haste; rush: dashed into the room; dashed down the hall.
- To strike violently; smash: waves dashing on the rocks.
- a. To break or smash by striking violently: The ship was dashed upon the rocks.b. To hurl, knock, or thrust with sudden violence: dashed the cup against the wall.c. To remove by striking or wiping: dash tears from one's face.
- To splash; bespatter: dash water on one's face.
- a. To write hastily. Often used with off: dashed off a note to the dean.b. To drink hastily. Often used with down: dashed down a glass of milk.
- a. To add an enlivening or altering element to: a speech dashed with humor.b. To affect by adding another element or ingredient to: ice cream that was dashed with rum.
- a. To destroy or wreck: Our hopes were dashed by the news. See Synonyms at blast.b. To discourage or dispirit: “This discouraging information a little dashed the child” (Charles Dickens).
- A swift, violent blow or stroke: knocked the books to the floor with an impatient dash of his hand.
- a. A splash: threw a dash of water on my face.b. A small amount of an added ingredient: a dash of sherry.
- A quick stroke, as with a pencil or brush.
- A sudden movement; a rush: made a dash for the exit.
- Sports A footrace, usually less than a quarter-mile long, run at top speed from the outset.
- A spirited quality in action or style; verve. See Synonyms at vigor.
- Either of two symbols, an emdash or an endash, used in writing and in printing.
- In Morse and similar codes, the long sound or signal used in combination with the dot and silent intervals to represent letters or numbers.
- A dashboard.
Origin of dashMiddle English dashen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish daske, to beat.
transitive verbdashed, dash·ing, dash·es
Origin of dashAlteration of damn.
- (typography) Any of the following symbols: ‒ (figure dash), – (en dash), — (em dash), or ― (horizontal bar).
- A short run.
- A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
- Add a dash of vinegar
- A dashboard.
- One of the two symbols of Morse code.
- (Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
(third-person singular simple present dashes, present participle dashing, simple past and past participle dashed)
- (intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.
- He dashed across the field.
- (intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.
- I have to dash now. See you soon.
- To destroy by striking (against).
- He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
- To throw violently.
- The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
- To sprinkle; to splatter.
- (of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.
- Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
- To dishearten; to sadden.
- Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
- To complete hastily, usually with down or off.
- He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework
- To draw quickly; jot.
- 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.
- to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture
- (euphemistic) Damn!
dash - Computer Definition
- The longer of the two signal elements in Morse code, created by closing an electrical circuit with a mechanical key for a relatively long period of time. An audible dash is a long click or buzz, known as a dah to radio telegraph operators, and is graphically represented as a short horizontal line --. See also dot, Morse code, and telegraph.
- Thomas Alva Edison Jr. (1876