Meaning of DASH in English


I. ˈdash verb

Etymology: Middle English dasshen, probably from Middle French dachier to impel forward

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to break by striking or knocking

2. : to knock, hurl, or thrust violently

3. : splash , spatter


a. : ruin , destroy

the news dash ed his hopes

b. : depress , sadden

c. : to make ashamed

5. : to affect by mixing in something different

his delight was dash ed with bitterness over the delay

6. : to complete, execute, or finish off hastily — used with down or off

dash ed down a drink

dash off a letter



: damn I,4

intransitive verb

1. : to move with sudden speed

dash ed through the rain

2. : smash

II. noun

Date: 14th century


a. archaic : blow


(1) : a sudden burst or splash

(2) : the sound produced by such a burst


a. : a stroke of a pen

b. : a punctuation mark — that is used especially to indicate a break in the thought or structure of a sentence

3. : a small usually distinctive addition

a dash of salt

a dash of humor

4. : flashy display

5. : animation in style and action


a. : a sudden onset, rush, or attempt

b. : a short fast race

7. : a long click or buzz forming a letter or part of a letter (as in Morse code)

8. : dashboard 2

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.