Old French dart, of Patrono:Gem[[Category:Patrono:Gem derivations|Dart]] origin; compare Old High German tart (“‘javelin, dart’”), Old English dara, daro, Swedish dart dagger, Icelandic darrar (“‘dart’”)
- (RP) IPA: /dɑːt/, SAMPA: /dA:t/
- (US) IPA: /dɑɚt/, SAMPA: /dA@`t/
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- Rhymes: -ɑː(r)t
- A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
- And he [Joab] took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom. - 2nd Samuel 18:14
- Anything resembling a dart; anything that pierces or wounds like a dart.
- The artful inquiry, whose venomed dart Scarce wounds the hearing while it stabs the heart. - Hannah More
- A sudden or fast movement.
- Patrono:Sewing A fold that is stitched on a garment.
- (zoology) A fish; the dace.
- (in plural) A game of throwing darts at a target.
- dart sac (Zoölogy): a sac connected with the reproductive organs of land snails, which contains a dart, or arrowlike structure.
Third person singular
- (transitive) To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
- (transitive) To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot; as, 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
- (intransitive) To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along; as, the deer darted from the thicket.
- A spear set as a prize in running. - Geoffrey Chaucer
- darts (the game where the competitors throw small arrows against a circular target)
- (rare) dart (one of the small arrows in the game of darts)