When you dash, you run a short distance very quickly. If you forget your lunch in the morning, you might try to dash home, grab it, and dash back to school.

This word can be used in many ways. When your dog chases your cat, they dash around the house — and you can call this sprint itself a dash. When you use the punctuation mark known as a dash, you write a horizontal line ( — ) to mark a pause, a change, or an omitted word. As a verb, dash can also mean to destroy, as when unusually warm weather dashes your hopes of a snowy holiday, or to smash, as when you dash a coconut against a rock to break it open.

Definitions of dash
  1. verb
    run or move very quickly or hastily
    “She dashed into the yard”
    synonyms: dart, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
    move quickly and violently
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    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
  2. noun
    a quick run
    synonyms: sprint
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    a sudden dash
    fast break
    (basketball) a rapid dash to get a shot as soon as possible after taking possession of the ball
    type of:
    run, running
    the act of running; traveling on foot at a fast pace
  3. noun
    the act of moving with great haste
    “he made a dash for the door”
    synonyms: bolt
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    type of:
    haste, hurry, rush, rushing
    the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner
  4. noun
    a footrace run at top speed
    “he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
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    type of:
    track event
    a footrace performed on a track (indoor or outdoor)
  5. verb
    hurl or thrust violently
    “He dashed the plate against the wall”
    “Waves were dashing against the rock”
    synonyms: crash
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    type of:
    cast, hurl, hurtle
    throw forcefully
  6. verb
    destroy or break
    dashed ambitions and hopes”
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    type of:
    baffle, bilk, confound, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, scuttle, spoil, thwart
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
  7. verb
    break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
    synonyms: smash
    break suddenly into pieces, as from a violent blow
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    blast, knock down
    shatter as if by explosion
    type of:
    destroy the integrity of; usually by force; cause to separate into pieces or fragments
  8. verb
    cause to lose courage
    dashed by the refusal”
    synonyms: daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
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    type of:
    intimidate, restrain
    compel or deter by or as if by threats
  9. verb
    add an enlivening or altering element to
    “blue paint dashed with white”
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    type of:
    mix, mix in
    add as an additional element or part
  10. noun
    distinctive and stylish elegance
    “he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer”
    synonyms: elan, flair, panache, style
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    type of:
    a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  11. noun
    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
    synonyms: hyphen
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    type of:
    punctuation, punctuation mark
    the marks used to clarify meaning by indicating separation of words into sentences and clauses and phrases
  12. noun
    the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
    synonyms: dah
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    type of:
    radiotelegraphic signal, telegraphic signal
    a signal transmitted by telegraphy
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