• A short run.
  • A dashboard.
  • (typography) 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."

  • Vigor.

    "Aren't we full of dash this morning?"

  • (obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn".
  • A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.

    "Add a dash of vinegar"

  • One of the two symbols of Morse code.


  • (transitive) To complete hastily, usually with down or off.

    "He dashed down his eggs, she dashed off her homework"

  • (intransitive) To run quickly or for a short distance.

    "He dashed across the field."

  • (transitive) To throw violently.

    "The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident."

  • (transitive) To dishearten; to sadden.

    "Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy."

  • 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.

    "to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture"

  • (transitive) To destroy by striking (against).

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

  • (transitive, of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.

    "Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage."

  • To draw quickly; jot.
  • (intransitive, informal) To leave or depart.

    "I have to dash now. See you soon."

  • (transitive) To sprinkle; to splatter.

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