• A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
  • A sudden or fast movement.
  • (in the plural) A game of throwing darts at a target.
  • (Australia, obsolete) A plan or scheme.
  • A fish; the dace.
  • Anything resembling such a pointed missile weapon; anything that pierces or wounds like such a weapon.
  • (sewing) A fold that is stitched on a garment.


  • (transitive) To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
  • (intransitive) To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart; to move rapidly in one direction; to shoot out quickly

    "The flying man darted eastward."

  • (transitive) To send forth suddenly or rapidly; to emit; to shoot

    "Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart? - Alexander Pope"

  • "The sun darts forth his beams."

  • (intransitive) To start and run with speed; to shoot rapidly along

    "The deer darted from the thicket."

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