- 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.
dash definition by Webster's New World
- 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: euphemism for damnInformal to damn: usually in the imperative as a mild curse
Origin: Middle 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
- a gift or tip offered to get better service
- a bribe
dash definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb dashed, dash·ing, dash·es verb, transitive
- To break or smash by striking violently.
- To hurl, knock, or thrust with sudden violence.
- To splash; bespatter.
- 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.b. To affect by adding another element or ingredient to: ice cream that was dashed with rum.
- a. To destroy or wreck: Our dreams were dashed. See Synonyms at blast.b. To confound; abash.
- To strike violently; smash.
- To move with haste; rush: dashed to the door.
- A swift, violent blow or stroke: knocked the books to the floor with an impatient dash of his hand.
- a. A splash.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: Middle English dashen, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Danish daske, to beat.
transitive verb dashed, dash·ing, dash·es
Origin: Alteration of 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
dash - Cultural Definition
A punctuation mark (—) used to indicate a sudden break in thought, to set off parenthetical material, or to take the place of such expressions as that is and namely: “He's running for reelection — if he lives until then”; “Very few people in this class — three, to be exact — have completed their projects”; “She joined the chorus for only one reason — she loves to sing.” In the last example, where the parenthetical material comes at the end of the sentence rather than in the middle, a colon could be used instead of the dash.
dash - Phrases/Idioms
cut a dashâ
- to do or write hastily
- to rush away