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Definition of Dash

Dash

  1. To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against.
  2. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.
  3. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.
  4. 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.
  5. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  6. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.
  7. To rust with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.
  8. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
  9. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
  10. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
  11. 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.
  12. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  13. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.
  14. 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. Dashes are also sometimes used instead of marks or parenthesis.
  15. 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.
  16. The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
  17. A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.

Dash Quotations

Truth is, I'll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So, we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind, a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.
Tom Hanks

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
Khalil Gibran

Socialism also brings us up against the hard rock of eugenic fact which, if we neglect it, will dash our most beautiful social construction to fragments.
Havelock Ellis

Some Christians feel guilty when they are doing something that isn't 'spiritual.' Somehow or another, they feel the need to hurry through the grocery store, dash through the house cleaning, and rush through all the daily aspects of life that seem irrelevant to their faith.
Joyce Meyer

Some people hate funerals. I find them comforting. They hit the pause button on life and remind us that it has an end. Every eulogy reminds me to deepen my dash, that place on the tombstone between our birth and our death.
Regina Brett
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Dash Translations

dash in German is Gedankenstrich, rasen
dash in Italian is lineetta di sospensione
dash in Norwegian is skvett
dash in Spanish is arremetida