- A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
- Anything resembling such a pointed missile weapon; anything that pierces or wounds like such a weapon.
- A sudden or fast movement.
- (sewing) A fold that is stitched on a garment.
- (zoology) A fish; the dace.
- (in the plural) A game of throwing darts at a target.
From Middle English dart, from Old French dart, dard (“dart”), from Old Frankish *daroth (“dart, spear”), from Proto-Germanic *darōþuz (“dart, spear”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰō- (“to sharpen”); compare Old High German tart (“javelin, dart”), Old English daroþ, dearod (“javelin, spear, dart”), Swedish dart (“dart, dagger”), Icelandic darr, dör (“dart”).
(third-person singular simple present darts, present participle darting, simple past and past participle darted)
- To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot
- The sun darts forth his beams.
- Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart? - Alexander Pope
- (intransitive) To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart; to move rapidly in one direction; to shoot out quickly
- The flying man darted eastward.
- (intransitive) To start and run with speed; to shoot rapidly along
- The deer darted from the thicket.
From Middle English darten, from the noun (see above).
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