Dash meaning

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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.

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To splash; bespatter.

Dash water on one's face.

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A swift, violent blow or stroke.

Knocked the books to the floor with an impatient dash of his hand.

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A quick stroke, as with a pencil or brush.
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A spirited quality in action or style; verve.
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A sudden movement; a rush.

Made a dash for the exit.

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(sports) A footrace, usually less than a quarter-mile long, run at top speed from the outset.
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Either of two symbols, an emdash or an endash, used in writing and in printing.
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In Morse and similar codes, the long sound or signal used in combination with the dot and silent intervals to represent letters or numbers.
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A dashboard.
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To damn.
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To throw so as to break; smash.
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To strike with violence.
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To throw, knock, or thrust.
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To splash or spatter (liquid) on (someone or something)
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To mix with a little of another substance.
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To destroy; frustrate.

To dash someone's hopes.

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To depress; discourage.
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To put to shame; abash.
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(informal, former) To damn: usually in the imperative as a mild curse.
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To strike violently (against or on)
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To move swiftly or impetuously; rush.
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The effect or sound of smashing or splashing.
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A small quantity of something added.

A dash of salt.

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A sudden, swift movement; rush.
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A short, fast run or race.
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Spirited quality; vigor; verve.
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Striking or showy appearance or display.
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A hasty stroke with pen or brush.
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Either of two marks (— or –), used in printing and writing to indicate a break in sentence structure or a parenthetical element, or to connect numbers showing a range of dates, times, etc.
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(telegraphy) A long sound or signal, as in Morse code.
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In W Africa,
  • A gift or tip offered to get better service.
  • A bribe.
  • Bribery.
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Dietary approaches to stop hypertension; a diet for lowering high blood pressure, emphasizing the consumption of foods low in saturated fats, trans fats, and sodium and high in fiber and protein, especially fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products.
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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.
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(typography) Any of the following symbols: ‒ (figure dash), – (en dash), — (em dash), or ― (horizontal bar).

Sometimes dash is also used colloquially to refer to a hyphen or minus sign.

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

Add a dash of vinegar.

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One of the two symbols of Morse code.
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(Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
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See also dash.
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(intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.

He dashed across the field.

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(intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.

I have to dash now. See you soon.

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To destroy by striking (against).

He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.

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To throw violently.

The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.

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

Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.

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Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.

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To complete hastily, usually with down or off.

He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework.

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To draw quickly; jot.
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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.

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(euphemistic) Damn!
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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.

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To move with haste; rush.

Dashed into the room; dashed down the hall.

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To strike violently; smash.

Waves dashing on the rocks.

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cut a dash
  • to make a striking appearance or impression
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dash off
  • to do or write hastily
  • to rush away
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of dash

  • Middle English dashen probably of Scandinavian origin Danish daske to beat

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of damn

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition