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Definition of dash:

  1. A mark or line [-], in writing or printing, denoting a sudden break, stop, or transition in a sentence, or an abrupt change in its construction, a long or significant pause, or an unexpected or epigrammatic turn of sentiment.
  2. A rapid movement, esp. one of short duration; a quick stroke or blow; a sudden onset or rush; as, a bold dash at the enemy; a dash of rain.
  3. A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; - used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
  4. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
  5. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
  6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.
  7. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  8. The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
  9. The sign of staccato, a small mark [] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner.
  10. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
  11. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; - with out; as, to dash out a word.
  12. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; - with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  13. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
  14. To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
  15. 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; as, to dash wine with water; to dash paint upon a picture.
  16. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; - often used with against.
  17. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.


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