- a small, slender missile that is pointed at one end and usually feathered at the other and is propelled by hand, as in the game of darts, or by a blowgun when used as a weapon.
- something similar in function to such a missile, as the stinging member of an insect.
- darts, (used with a singular verb) a game in which darts are thrown at a target usually marked with concentric circles divided into segments and with a bull’s-eye in the center.
- an act of darting; a sudden swift movement.
- a tapered seam of fabric for adjusting the fit of a garment.
verb (used without object)
- to move swiftly; spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: A mouse darted out of the closet and ran across the room.
verb (used with object)
- to thrust or move suddenly or rapidly: He darted his eyes around the room.
- a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot, as in the game of darts
- a sudden quick movement
- zoology a slender pointed structure, as in snails for aiding copulation or in nematodes for penetrating the host’s tissues
- a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
- to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shootshe darted across the room
- any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish
early 14c., from Old French dart “throwing spear, arrow,” from Proto-Germanic *darothuz cf. Old English daroð, Old High German tart, Old Norse darraþr “dart”). Italian and Spanish dardo are said to be from Germanic by way of Old Provençal.
late 14c., “to pierce with a dart,” from dart (n.). Meaning “to move like a dart” is attested from 1610s. Related: Darted; darter; darting.