A dart is a tiny missile with a pointy end that can be a weapon or part of a game, like those pointy things that people throw at dartboards. If a person darts, it just means she’s moving quickly.

A dart can be thrown or fired by blowing through a contraption, like when people who study big animals shoot a tranquilizer dart at a lion so they can put it to sleep without getting close. Darts can be weapons or part of a game often found in bars. Just as a dart moves quickly, a person can dart if they move quickly. Bees tend to dart around in the air. In football, a quick running back darts to avoid defenders

Primary Meanings of dart

a sudden quick movement
move with sudden speed
a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
Full Definitions of dart

n a sudden quick movement

Type of:
motility, motion, move, movement
a change of position that does not entail a change of location

n a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot

a decorated dart that is implanted in the neck or shoulders of the bull during a bull fight
Type of:
missile, projectile
a weapon that is forcibly thrown or projected at a targets but is not self-propelled

v move with sudden speed

“His forefinger darted in all directions as he spoke”
Type of:
hurl, hurtle, lunge, thrust
make a thrusting forward movement

v move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart

fleet, flit, flutter
flutter like a butterfly
Type of:
hurry, speed, travel rapidly, zip
move very fast

v run or move very quickly or hastily

dash, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
move quickly and violently
dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
Type of:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
move fast

n a tapered tuck made in dressmaking

Type of:
a narrow flattened pleat or fold that is stitched in place

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