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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dash, elan, flair, panache, stylenoun

    distinctive and stylish elegance

    "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"

  2. dash, sprintnoun

    a quick run

  3. dashnoun

    a footrace run at top speed

    "he is preparing for the 100-yard dash"

  4. hyphen, dashnoun

    a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text

  5. dash, dahnoun

    the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code

  6. dash, boltverb

    the act of moving with great haste

    "he made a dash for the door"

  7. dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shootverb

    run or move very quickly or hastily

    "She dashed into the yard"

  8. smash, dashverb

    break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

    "Smash a plate"

  9. crash, dashverb

    hurl or thrust violently

    "He dashed the plate against the wall"; "Waves were dashing against the rock"

  10. dashverb

    destroy or break

    "dashed ambitions and hopes"

  11. daunt, dash, scare off, pall, frighten off, scare away, frighten away, scareverb

    cause to lose courage

    "dashed by the refusal"

  12. dashverb

    add an enlivening or altering element to

    "blue paint dashed with white"


  1. dashnoun

    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. dashnoun

    A short run.

  3. dashnoun

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

    Add a dash of vinegar

  4. dashnoun

    A dashboard.

  5. dashnoun

    One of the two symbols of Morse code.

  6. dashverb

    To run quickly or for a short distance.

    He dashed across the field.

  7. dashverb

    To leave or depart.

    I have to dash now. See you soon.

  8. dashverb

    To destroy by striking (against).

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

  9. dashverb

    To throw violently.

    The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.

  10. dashverb

    To sprinkle; to splatter.

  11. dashverb

    To ruin; to destroy.

    Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.

  12. dashverb

    To dishearten; to sadden.

    Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.

  13. dashverb

    To complete hastily, usually with down or off.

    He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework

  14. dashverb

    To draw quickly; jot

  15. dashinterjection


Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dashadverb

    An expression of the sound of water dashed.

    Hark, hark, the waters fall;
    And, with a murmuring sound,
    Dash, dash, upon the ground,
    To gentle slumbers call. John Dryden, Indian Emperor.

  2. A Dashnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    By the touch ethereal rous’d,
    The dash of clouds, or irritating war,
    Of fighting winds, while all is calm below
    They furious spring. James Thomson, Summer, l. 1100.

    There is nothing which one regards so much, with an eye of mirth and pity, as innocence, when it has in it a dash of folly. Joseph Addison, Spectator, №. 247.

    He is afraid of letters and characters, of notes and dashes, which, set together, do signify nothing. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Err.

    In modern wit all printed trash is
    Set off with num’rous breaks and dashes. Jonathan Swift.

    Stand back, you lords, and give us leave awhile.
    ———— She takes upon her bravely at first dash. William Shakespeare, H. V.

  3. To DASHverb

    Etymology: The etymology of this word, in any of its senses, is very doubtful.

    If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 792.

    A man that cuts himself, and tears his own flesh, and dashes his head against the stones, does not act so unreasonably as he. John Tillotson, Serm. 1.

    They that stand high, have many blasts to shake them;
    And, if they fall, they dash themselves to pieces. William Shakespeare.

    David’s throne shall be like a tree,
    Spreading and overshad’wing all the earth;
    Or as a stone, that shall to pieces dash
    All monarchies besides throughout the world. John Milton, P. Reg.

    Dashing water on them may prove the best remedy. John Mortimer.

    This tempest,
    Dashing the garment of this peace, aboded
    The sudden breach on’t. William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    At once the brushing oars and brazen prow
    Dash up the sandy waves, and ope the depths below. Dryd.

    Hight Whacum, bred to dash and draw,
    Not wine, but more unwholsome law. Hudibras, p. ii. c. 3.

    I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstances as may prevent ill-natured applications. Addison.

    Several revealed truths are dashed and adulterated with a mixture of fables and human inventions. Spectator, №. 580.

    Never was dash’d out, at one lucky hit,
    A fool, so just a copy of a wit. Alexander Pope, Dunciad, b. ii. l. 43.

    To dash over this with a line, will deface the whole copy extremely, and to a degree that, I fear, may displease you. Alexander Pope.

    His tongue
    Dropp’d manna, and could make the worse appear
    The better reason, to perplex and dash
    Maturest counsels. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. ii. l. 114.

    Yearly enjoin’d, some say, to undergo
    This annual, humbling certain number’d days,
    To dash their pride and joy for man seduc’d. John Milton, Pa. Lost.

    An unknown hand still check’d my forward joy,
    Dash’d me with blushes. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    To dash this cavil, read but the practice of Christian emperors. South.

    Nothing dashed the confidence of the mule like the braying of the ass, in the very interim while he was dilating upon his genealogy. Roger L'Estrange, Fab. 18.

    The nymph, when nothing could Narcissus move,
    Still dash’d with blushes for her slighted love. Joseph Addison, Ov. Met.

    After they had sufficiently blasted him in his personal capacity, they found it an easy work to dash and overthrow him in his political. Robert South, Sermons.

    Some stronger pow’r eludes our sickly will;
    Dashes our rising hope with certain ill. Matthew Prior.

    Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car;
    Bare the mean heart that lurks beneath a star. Alexander Pope.

  4. To Dashverb

    If the vessel be suddenly stopt in its motion, the liquor continues its motion, and dashes over the sides of the vessel. George Cheyne.

    On each hand the gushing waters play,
    And down the rough cascade, while dashing, fall. James Thomson.

    Doeg, though without knowing how or why,
    Spurr’d boldly on, and dash’d through thick and thin,
    Through sense and nonsense, never out or in. Dryden.


  1. Dash

    The dash is a punctuation mark consisting of a long horizontal line. It is similar in appearance to the hyphen but is longer and sometimes higher from the baseline. The most common versions are the en dash –, generally longer than the hyphen but shorter than the minus sign; the em dash —, longer than either the en dash or the minus sign; and the horizontal bar ―, whose length varies across typefaces but tends to be between those of the en and em dashes.


  1. dash

    A dash is a punctuation mark that is longer than a hyphen, often used in writing or printing to indicate a break, pause, or range, or to substitute for other punctuation. In athletics or racing context, it may also refer to a short sprint or a short distance covered at maximum speed. Furthermore, 'dash' can mean to move rapidly or suddenly, destroy or reduce to nothing, or add an element (like color or flavor) to something in small amount.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dashverb

    to throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against

  2. Dashverb

    to break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin

  3. Dashverb

    to put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress

  4. Dashverb

    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

  5. Dashverb

    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. Dashverb

    to erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word

  7. Dashverb

    to rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks

  8. Dashnoun

    violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash

  9. Dashnoun

    a sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash

  10. Dashnoun

    a slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple

  11. Dashnoun

    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

  12. Dashnoun

    energy in style or action; animation; spirit

  13. Dashnoun

    a vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash

  14. Dashnoun

    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

  15. Dashnoun

    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

  16. Dashnoun

    the line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone

  17. Dashnoun

    a short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race

  18. Etymology: [Of. Scand. origin; cf. Dan daske to beat, strike, Sw. & Icel. daska, Dan. & Sw. dask blow.]


  1. Dash

    A dash is a punctuation mark, similar to a hyphen or minus sign but differing primarily in length and serving different functions. The most common versions of the dash are the en dash and the em dash, named for the length of a typeface's lower-case n and upper-case M respectively. Usage varies both within English and in other languages, but the usual convention in printed English text is: ⁕Either version may be used to denote a break in a sentence or to set off parenthetical statements, although writers are generally cautioned to use a single form consistently within their work. In this function, en dashes are used with spaces and em dashes are used without them: [Em dash:] In matters of grave importance, style—not sincerity—is the vital thing. [En dash:] In matters of grave importance, style – not sincerity – is the vital thing. ⁕The en dash is also used to indicate spans or differentiation, where it may be considered to replace and or to: The French and Indian War was fought in western Pennsylvania and along the present US–Canadian border. ⁕The em dash is also used to set off the sources of quotes:In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing. — Oscar Wilde

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dash

    dash, v.t. to throw violently: to break by throwing together: to throw water suddenly: to bespatter: to destroy or frustrate: to mix or adulterate.—v.i. to strike against: to break against, as water: to rush with violence.—n. a violent striking: a rushing or violent onset: a blow: a mark (—) at a break in a sentence: ostentation: a slight admixture.—ns. Dash′-board, a board or leathern frame in front of a carriage, to keep off splashes of mud; Dash′er, one who dashes: (coll.) one who makes a great show.—adj. Dash′ing, rushing: reckless: hasty and rash: gallant.—adv. Dash′ingly.—ns. Dash′-pot, a device for preventing too sudden motion in some part of an apparatus; Dash′-wheel, a wheel-shaped box with compartments, in which cotton cloth is washed by the revolution of the wheel in liquid.—Dash off, to sketch hastily; Dash out, to knock out by striking against something. [M. E. daschen, dassen, to rush, or strike with violence—Scand.; cf. Dan. daske, to slap].


  1. Dash

    Dash Navigation has plans to change your automotive GPS units for good by bringing maps mashups as well as internet capability. Unlike today’s car GPS units which necessitate extra downloads to update map changes, add features or otherwise, Dash Navigation updates and extra features will all come via web connection in real time. The device will be connected through a cellular data network and will also sport WiFi connectivity.The device will collect data about traffic conditions from all other Dash drivers, and estimates how long alternative routes will take on any given day. All sorts of geo-tagged information can be pushed to the device and combined with the on-board maps. Everything from restaurants and open houses to concerts, gas, and golf courses could be sent to the Dash and appear there on your screen.Owners will be able to manage which mashups they receive through Dash’s Website. There, they will be able to drag feeds from sites like Platial, where they can create a Google Map of dog runs in San Francisco or yoga schools in LA. Link it to Zillow, and you will be able to get data on houses as you are driving around the neighborhood. Create a feed at Upcoming.org about all the rock concerts in your city or one of open houses from Craigslist, and you will be able to get the info in your car, along with how far away each place is. You will also be able to do a Yahoo Local search on the device for restaurants and it will return nearby results with ratings.The company is backed by both VC powerhouses, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins as well as a slew of others.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. dash

    The present with which bargains are sealed on the coast of Africa.

Editors Contribution

  1. DASH

    Dash means ram in albanian language. The connection between the characteristics of this word and the domesticated animal dash=ram,the male of the sheep,consist on its features .When a ram is angry,it attacks the object or the intruder with a fierce rushing offensive and hits it with its head.From here we have the germanic word ram,or battering ram,which is a strong log ,used in ancient wars to break the gates of the castles.

    Submitted by rinat on January 11, 2020  

Suggested Resources

  1. DASH

    What does DASH stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the DASH acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.


  1. Dash

    a short disconnected streak or mark.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DASH

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dash is ranked #8599 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dash surname appeared 3,828 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dash.

    43.5% or 1,665 total occurrences were White.
    34.6% or 1,326 total occurrences were Black.
    14.5% or 557 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.6% or 140 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.4% or 94 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.2% or 46 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for dash »

  1. Sadh

  2. shad

  3. dahs

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dash in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dash in a Sentence

  1. Schopenhauer:

    What a man can do and suffer is unknown to himself till some occasion presents itself which draws out the hidden power. Just as one sees not in the water of an unruffled pond the fury and roar with which it can dash down a steep rock without injury to itself, or how high it is capable of rising; or as little as one can suspect the latent heat in ice-cold water.

  2. Aaron David Miller:

    It’s a perfect storm of isolationism, muscular nationalism, with a dash of pragmatism and realism.

  3. Kahlil Gibran:

    Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

  4. Lisa Drayer:

    What I love about both the DASH and Delicious Mediterranean diets is that they offer guiding principles for eating, like eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, fish, legumes, nuts and low-fat dairy foods, i personally love the fact that a daily glass of red wine is encouraged as part of the Delicious Mediterranean diet.

  5. Crawford Township:

    Even though the car was upside down in the water for 20 minutes, we recovered the dog under the dash floorboard where there was an air pocket.

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Translations for dash

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • شرطة, شحطة, اندفاعArabic
  • тире, обезкуражавам, разбивам, спринтирам, спринт, хвърлям, напускам, втурвам се, втурванеBulgarian
  • esprintar, ratlla, guióCatalan, Valencian
  • pomlčkaCzech
  • ystrempiau, ystrempWelsh
  • stregDanish
  • GedankenstrichGerman
  • παύλα, έφοδος, μακρόν, εξόρμησηGreek
  • sprinti, sprintoEsperanto
  • frustrar, hacer rapidamente, salpicar, pizca, arrojar, guión largo, romperse, lanzar, gota, raya, romper, lanzarseSpanish
  • خط تیرهPersian
  • syöksähtää, hutaista, murskaantua, pirskottaa, tilkka, spurtti, rikkoa, pinkaista, ajatusviiva, paiskata, pinkaisu, viiva, rientää, syöksyä, murskata, vaipua, samperi, helkkariFinnish
  • trait, sprint, se précipiter, ta, soupçon, tiretFrench
  • FleascIrish
  • leum, sgrìob, deannScottish Gaelic
  • kötőjel, gondolatjelHungarian
  • berlariIndonesian
  • linea, saltare, pizzico, scatto, spruzzo, lineetta, goccioItalian
  • מקףHebrew
  • ダッシュ, 疾走Japanese
  • de latibulis surrexissentLatin
  • црта, тиреMacedonian
  • koppelteken, snel afhaspelen, scheutje, sprinten, verwoesten, sprint, streepje, snel afmakenDutch
  • bindestrekNorwegian
  • kropla, lecieć, pauza, myślnik, półpauza, kreska, sprint, spadaćPolish
  • travessãoPortuguese
  • liniuțăRomanian
  • бросать, расхолаживать, швырять, бросок, тире, приводить в уныние, разрушать, разбивать, нестись, брызгать, побрызгать, мчаться, расхолодить, бросить, швырнуть, спринт, привести в уныние, разрушить, разбитьRussian
  • sprinta, jaga (iväg), rusa, sno (iväg), störta (iväg), spurtaSwedish
  • kısa çizgiTurkish
  • тиреUkrainian
  • dấu gạch ngangVietnamese
  • 短跑Chinese

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