see also: DART, Dart
Pronunciation Noun

dart (plural darts)

  1. A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand, for example a short lance or javelin
    • 1769, Oxford Standard Text, King James Bible, 2 Samuel, xviii, 14,
      Then said Joab, I may not tarry thus with thee. And he took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom, while he was yet alive in the midst of the oak.
  2. Any sharp-pointed missile weapon, such as an arrow.
  3. (sometimes, figurative) Anything resembling such a missile; something that pierces or wounds like such a weapon.
    • 1830, Hannah More, Sensibility, The Works of Hannah More, Volume 1, page 38 ↗,
      The artful inquiry, whose venom′d dart / Scarce wounds the hearing while it stabs the heart.
  4. A small object with a pointed tip at one end and feathers at the other, which is thrown at a target in the game of darts.
  5. (military) A dart-shaped target towed behind an aircraft to train shooters.
    • 1988, Michigan Aviation (volumes 21-25, page 62)
      Fighter aircraft also use restricted areas for target shooting at darts towed 1500 feet behind another aircraft.
  6. (Australia, obsolete) A plan or scheme.
    • 1947, Norman Lindsay, Halfway to Anywhere, 1970, page 79 ↗,
      Trucking′s my dart too.
  7. A sudden or fast movement.
  8. (sewing) A fold that is stitched on a garment.
  9. A fish, the dace.
  10. (Australia, Newfoundland, colloquial) A cigarette.
    • 2017, April 18, Craig Little, The Guardian, Hawthorn are not the only ones finding that things can get worse ↗
      The Tigers will also face Jesse Hogan, still smarting from missing a couple of games but not life inside the AFL bubble, where you can’t even light up a dart at a music festival without someone filming it and sending it to the six o’clock news.
Translations Translations
  • French: pli piqué
  • Italian: pince
  • Russian: вы́тачка
  • Italian: freccette
  • Portuguese: dardo
  • Russian: дартс

dart (darts, present participle darting; past and past participle darted)

  1. (transitive) To throw with a sudden effort or thrust; to hurl or launch.
  2. (transitive) To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot
    The sun darts forth his beams.
    • RQ
  3. (transitive) To shoot with a dart, especially a tranquilizer dart
    They had to dart the animal to get close enough to help
  4. (intransitive) To fly or pass swiftly, like a dart; to move rapidly in one direction; to shoot out quickly
    The flying man darted eastward.
  5. (intransitive) To start and run with speed; to shoot rapidly along
    The deer darted from the thicket.


dart (plural darts)

  1. Acronym of disaster assistance response team
  2. Disaster animal response team.
  3. Disaster area response team.
  4. Abbreviation of disaster#English|disaster assistance#English|assistance and#English|and rescue#English|rescue team#English|team.
  5. Disaster response team.
Proper noun
  1. Abbreviation of Dublin#English|Dublin area#English|Area rapid#English|Rapid transport#English|Transport.
  2. Acronym of Dallas Area Rapid Transit

Proper noun
  1. A river in Devon, England, which flows from Dartmoor to the English Channel at Dartmouth.

dart (plural darts)

  1. (UK, naval slang) An officer trained at Britannia Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England.

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