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Webster 1913 Edition


Dash

Dash

(dăsh)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Dashed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Dashing
.]
[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.
Shakespeare
To perplex and
dash

Maturest counsels.
Milton.
3.
To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
South.
Dash
the proud gamester in his gilded car.
Pope.
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

,
Verb.
I.
To rush 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

,
Noun.
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
.
Shakespeare
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)
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 [[GREEK]] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner.
(b)
The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
9.
(Racing)
A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; – used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.

Webster 1828 Edition


Dash

DASH

, v.t.
1.
To strike suddenly or violently, whether throwing or falling; as, to dash one stone against another.
Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Matt. iv.
2.
To strike and bruise or break; to break by collision; but usually with the words, in pieces.
Thou shalt dash them in pieces, as a potter's vessel. Ps. ii.
3.
To throw water suddenly, in separate portions; as, to dash water on the head.
4.
To bespatter; to sprinkle; as, to dash a garment.
5.
To strike and break or disperse.
At once the brushing oars and brazen prow dash up the sandy waves, and ope the depth below. Dryden.
6.
To mix and reduce or adulterate by throwing in another substance; as, to dash wine with water; the story is dashed with fables.
7.
To form or sketch out in haste, carelessly.
8.
To erase at a stroke; to strike out to blot out or obliterate; as, to dash out a line or word.
9.
To break; to destroy; to frustrate; as, to dash all their schemes and hopes.
10. To confound; to confuse; to put to shame; to abash; to depress by shame or fear; as, he was dashed at the appearance of the judge.
Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.

DASH

,
Verb.
I.
1.
To strike, break, scatter and fly off; as, agitate water and it will dash over the sides of a vessel; the waves dashed over the side of the ship.
2.
To rush, strike and break or scatter; as, the waters dash down the precipice.
3.
To rush with violence, and break through; as, he dashed into the enemy's ranks; or he dashed through thick and thin.

DASH

, n.
1.
Collision; a violent striking of two bodies; as the dash of clouds.
2.
Infusion; admixture; something thrown into another substance; as, the wine has a dash of water.
Innocence, with a dash of folly. Addison.
3.
Admixture; as, red with a dash of purple.
4.
a rushing, or onset with violence; as, to make a dash upon the enemy.
5.
A sudden stroke; a blow; an act.
She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.
6.
A flourish; blustering parade; as, the young fop made a dash.
7.
A mark or line in writing or printing, noting a break or stop in the sentence; as in Virgil, quos ego-: or a pause; or the division of the sentence.

Definition 2021


Dash

Dash

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English

Proper noun

Dash

  1. A male given name

dash

dash

See also: Dash

English

Noun

dash (plural dashes)

  1. (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.
  2. A short run.
  3. A small quantity of a liquid substance etc.; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
    Add a dash of vinegar
  4. Vigor.
    Aren't we full of dash this morning?
  5. A dashboard.
    • 1955, Rex Stout, "The Next Witness", in Three Witnesses, October 1994 Bantam edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 31:
      The dash clock said 2:38 when [] I turned off a dirt road [] .
  6. Longer of the two symbols of Morse code.
  7. (Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity; a gift
    • 1992, George B. N. Ayittey, Africa betrayed (page 44)
      The traditional practice of offering gifts or "dash" to chiefs has often been misinterpreted by scholars to provide a cultural explanation for the pervasive incidence of bribery and corruption in modern Africa.
    • 2006, Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950 (page 99)
      Writing in 1924 on a similar situation in Ugep, the political officer, Mr. S. T. Harvey noted: "In the old days there was no specified dowry but merely dashes given to the father-in-law []
    • 2008, Lizzie Williams, Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide (page 84)
      The only other times you'll be asked for a dash is from beggars.
  8. (obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)
    • 1824, "Kiddywinkle History, No. II", Blackwood's Magazine (15, May 1824) p. 540
      I'll be dashed if I gan another step for less 'an oaf.
    • 1853, William Makepeace Thackery, The Newcomes, Chapter VI, serialized in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, (VIII, no. 43, Dec 1853) p. 118
      Sir Thomas looks as if to ask what the dash is that to you! but wanting still to go to India again, and knowing how strong the Newcomes are in Leadenhall Street, he thinks it necessary to be civil to the young cub, and swallows his pride once more into his waistband.
      Comment: Some editions leave this passage out. Of those that include it, some change the 'you!' to 'you?'.
    • 1884, Lord Robert Gower, My Reminiscences, reprinted in "The Evening Lamp", The Christian Union, (29) 22, (May 29, 1884) p. 524
      Who the dash is this person whom none of us know? and what the dash does he do here?
    • 1939, P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime Chapter 8
      I'll be dashed if I squash in with any domestic staff.

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Verb

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

  1. (intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.
    He dashed across the field.
  2. (intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.
    I have to dash now. See you soon.
  3. (transitive) To destroy by striking (against).
    He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
    • 1897, Bram Stoker, Dracula Chapter 21
      "`Silence! If you make a sound I shall take him and dash his brains out before your very eyes.'
    • 1912: Edgar Rice Burroughs, Tarzan of the Apes, Chapter 4
      Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she was but nine or ten years old.
  4. (transitive) To throw violently.
    The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
    • Francis Bacon
      If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound.
  5. (transitive) To sprinkle; to splatter.
    • Thomson
      On each hand the gushing waters play, / And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
  6. (transitive, of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.
    Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
    • 2011 September 13, Sam Lyon, “Borussia Dortmund 1 - 1 Arsenal”, in BBC:
      Arsenal's hopes of starting their Champions League campaign with an away win were dashed when substitute Ivan Perisic's superb late volley rescued a point for Borussia Dortmund.
  7. (transitive) To dishearten; to sadden.
    Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
  8. (transitive) To complete hastily, usually with down or off.
    He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework
  9. To draw quickly; jot.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 1
      "Scarborough," Mrs. Flanders wrote on the envelope, and dashed a bold line beneath; it was her native town; the hub of the universe.
  10. 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
    • Addison
      I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications.
    • Tennyson
      The very source and fount of day / Is dashed with wandering isles of night.

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Interjection

dash

  1. (euphemistic) Damn!

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Anagrams


Albanian

Etymology

Disputed. From Proto-Albanian *dauša, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeusóm (compare English deer, Lithuanian daũsos ‘upper air; heaven’). Alternatively from Proto-Albanian *dalša, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeh₁-l- (compare Ossetian дались (dalisʹ, young lamb))[1]

Noun

dash m (indefinite plural desh)

  1. ram (male sheep)
Related terms

References

  1. ALEKSANDAR LOMA - ALBANO-CAUCASICA PASTORALIA, 2006

Norwegian

Noun

dash

  1. dash