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  1. (verb-transitive) To break or smash by striking violently.
  2. (verb-transitive) To hurl, knock, or thrust with sudden violence.
  3. (verb-transitive) To splash; bespatter.
  4. (verb-transitive) To write hastily. Often used with off: dashed off a note to the dean.
  5. (verb-transitive) To drink hastily. Often used with down: dashed down a glass of milk.
  6. (verb-transitive) To add an enlivening or altering element to.
  7. (verb-transitive) To affect by adding another element or ingredient to: ice cream that was dashed with rum.
  8. (verb-transitive) To destroy or wreck: Our dreams were dashed. See Synonyms at blast.
  9. (verb-transitive) To confound; abash.
  10. (verb-intransitive) To strike violently; smash.
  11. (verb-intransitive) To move with haste; rush: dashed to the door.
  12. (noun) A swift, violent blow or stroke: knocked the books to the floor with an impatient dash of his hand.
  13. (noun) A splash.
  14. (noun) A small amount of an added ingredient: a dash of sherry.
  15. (noun) A quick stroke, as with a pencil or brush.
  16. (noun) A sudden movement; a rush: made a dash for the exit.
  17. (noun) Sports A footrace, usually less than a quarter-mile long, run at top speed from the outset.
  18. (noun) A spirited quality in action or style; verve. See Synonyms at vigor.
  19. (noun) Either of two symbols, an emdash or an endash, used in writing and in printing.
  20. (noun) In Morse and similar codes, the long sound or signal used in combination with the dot and silent intervals to represent letters or numbers.
  21. (noun) A dashboard.
  22. (verb-transitive) To damn.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. A unloaded firearm or locket up in dash is useless if needed. - The Utah Exception
  2. STARR: From her desk, or what she calls her dash board, Jonas monitors everything. - CNN Transcript Jun 18, 2008
  3. However, I also think that comics 'adherence for the double-dash instead of the M-dash is an unnecessary relic of the Great Typewriter Squeeze. - Nate Peikos’s Comics Punctuation
  4. The double dash is also used in comics to set off phrases within a sentence -- as in other written prose -- not just at the end of a broken off sentence. - Nate Peikos’s Comics Punctuation
  5. The double dash is effective for helping a thought within a sentence be propelled into the limelight. - Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Interview: Noah Lukeman on “A Dash of Style”


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