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dash - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'dash' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Dash [ n.]
- Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
- A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
- A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
- 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.
- Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
- A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.
- 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.
- The sign of staccato, a small mark [/] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner.
- The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
- A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
2 . Dash [ v. i.]
- To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
3 . Dash [ v. t.]
- To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against.
- To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
- To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
- 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.
- To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
- To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.

Meaning of 'dash' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . dash [ n]
Meaning (1):
- a footrace run at top speed
Example in sentence:
  • he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
Meaning (2):
- the act of moving with great haste
Example in sentence:
  • he made a dash for the door
Meaning (3):
- distinctive and stylish elegance
Example in sentence:
  • he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
4 . dash [ v]
Meaning (4):
- add an enlivening or altering element to
Example in sentence:
  • blue paint dashed with white
Meaning (5):
- destroy or break
Example in sentence:
  • dashed ambitions and hopes
Meaning (6):
- cause to lose courage
Example in sentence:
  • dashed by the refusal
Meaning (7):
- hurl or thrust violently
Example in sentence:
  • He dashed the plate against the wall;
  • Waves were dashing against the rock
Meaning (8):
- run or move very quickly or hastily
Example in sentence:
  • She dashed into the yard
Meaning (9):
- break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
Example in sentence:
  • Smash a plate