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DASH, v.t.

1. To strike suddenly or violently, whether throwing or falling; as, to dash one stone against another.

Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Matt.
iv.

2. To strike and bruise or break; to break by collision; but usually with the words, in pieces.

Thou shalt dash them in pieces, as a potter's
vessel. Ps. ii.

3. To throw water suddenly, in separate portions; as, to dash water on the head.

4. To bespatter; to sprinkle; as, to dash a garment.

5. To strike and break or disperse.

At once the brushing oars and brazen prow dash up
the sandy waves, and ope the depth below. Dryden.

6. To mix and reduce or adulterate by throwing in another substance; as, to dash wine with water; the story is dashed with fables.

7. To form or sketch out in haste, carelessly.

8. To erase at a stroke; to strike out to blot out or obliterate; as, to dash out a line or word.

9. To break; to destroy; to frustrate; as, to dash all their schemes and hopes.

10. To confound; to confuse; to put to shame; to abash; to depress by shame or fear; as, he was dashed at the appearance of the judge.

Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.

DASH, v.i.

1. To strike, break, scatter and fly off; as, agitate water and it will dash over the sides of a vessel; the waves dashed over the side of the ship.

2. To rush, strike and break or scatter; as, the waters dash down the precipice.

3. To rush with violence, and break through; as, he dashed into the enemy's ranks; or he dashed through thick and thin.

DASH, n.

1. Collision; a violent striking of two bodies; as the dash of clouds.

2. Infusion; admixture; something thrown into another substance; as, the wine has a dash of water.

Innocence, with a dash of folly. Addison.

3. Admixture; as, red with a dash of purple.

4. a rushing, or onset with violence; as, to make a dash upon the enemy.

5. A sudden stroke; a blow; an act.

She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.

6. A flourish; blustering parade; as, the young fop made a dash.

7. A mark or line in writing or printing, noting a break or stop in the sentence; as in Virgil, quos ego-: or a pause; or the division of the sentence.



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DASH, v.t.

1. To strike suddenly or violently, whether throwing or falling; as, to dash one stone against another.

Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Matt.
iv.

2. To strike and bruise or break; to break by collision; but usually with the words, in pieces.

Thou shalt dash them in pieces, as a potter's
vessel. Ps. ii.

3. To throw water suddenly, in separate portions; as, to dash water on the head.

4. To bespatter; to sprinkle; as, to dash a garment.

5. To strike and break or disperse.

At once the brushing oars and brazen prow dash up
the sandy waves, and ope the depth below. Dryden.

6. To mix and reduce or adulterate by throwing in another substance; as, to dash wine with water; the story is dashed with fables.

7. To form or sketch out in haste, carelessly.

8. To erase at a stroke; to strike out to blot out or obliterate; as, to dash out a line or word.

9. To break; to destroy; to frustrate; as, to dash all their schemes and hopes.

10. To confound; to confuse; to put to shame; to abash; to depress by shame or fear; as, he was dashed at the appearance of the judge.

Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.

DASH, v.i.

1. To strike, break, scatter and fly off; as, agitate water and it will dash over the sides of a vessel; the waves dashed over the side of the ship.

2. To rush, strike and break or scatter; as, the waters dash down the precipice.

3. To rush with violence, and break through; as, he dashed into the enemy's ranks; or he dashed through thick and thin.

DASH, n.

1. Collision; a violent striking of two bodies; as the dash of clouds.

2. Infusion; admixture; something thrown into another substance; as, the wine has a dash of water.

Innocence, with a dash of folly. Addison.

3. Admixture; as, red with a dash of purple.

4. a rushing, or onset with violence; as, to make a dash upon the enemy.

5. A sudden stroke; a blow; an act.

She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.

6. A flourish; blustering parade; as, the young fop made a dash.

7. A mark or line in writing or printing, noting a break or stop in the sentence; as in Virgil, quos ego-: or a pause; or the division of the sentence.

DASH, n.

  1. Collision; a violent striking of two bodies; as, the dash of clouds. – Thomson.
  2. Infusion; admixture; something thrown into another substance; as, the wine has a dash of water. Innocence with a dash of folly. – Addison.
  3. Admixture; as, red with a dash of purple.
  4. A rushing, or onset with violence; as, to make a dash upon the enemy.
  5. A sudden stroke; a blow; an act. She takes upon her bravely at first dash. – Shak.
  6. A flourish; blustering parade; as, the young fop made a dash. [Vulgar.]
  7. A mark or line in writing or printing, noting a break or stop in the sentence; as in Virgil, quos ego – : or a pause; or the division of the sentence.

DASH, v.i.

  1. To strike, break, scatter, and fly off; as, agitate water and it will dash over the sides of a vessel; the waves dashed over the side of the ship.
  2. To rush, strike and break or scatter; as, the waters dash down the precipice.
  3. To rush with violence, and break through; as, he dashed into the enemy's ranks; or, he dashed through thick and thin.

DASH, v.t. [In Dan. dask signifies a blow; in Sw. daska, to strike; in Scot. dusch, to rush. In Persia تَأَز taz or tauz, is an assault on an enemy. See Class Ds, No. 3, 4, 5, 14, 22, 30, 31, 40.]

  1. To strike suddenly or violently, whether throwing or falling; as, to dash one stone against another. – Bacon. Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. – Matth. iv.
  2. To strike and bruise or break; to break by collision; but usually with the words in pieces. Thou shalt dash them in pieces, as a potter's vessel. – Ps. ii.
  3. To throw water suddenly, in separate portions; as, to dash water on the head.
  4. To bespatter; to sprinkle; as, to dash a garment. – Shak.
  5. To strike and break or disperse. At once the brushing oars and brazen prow / Dash up the sandy waves, and ope the depth below. – Dryden.
  6. To mix and reduce or adulterate by throwing in another substance; as, to dash wine with water; the story is dashed with fables.
  7. To form or sketch out in haste, carelessly. [Unusual.] – Pope.
  8. To erase at a stroke; to strike out; to blot out or obliterate; as, to dash out a line or word. –Pope.
  9. To break; to destroy; to frustrate; as, to dash all their schemes and hopes.
  10. To confound; to confuse; to put to shame; to abash; to depress by shame or fear; as, he was dashed at the appearance of the judge. Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. – Pope.

Dash
  1. To throw with violence or haste] to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against.

    If you dash a stone against a stone in the botton of the water, it maketh a sound. Bacon.

  2. To rush with violence; to move impetuously; to strike violently; as, the waves dash upon rocks.

    [He] dashed through thick and thin. Dryden.

    On each hand the gushing waters play,
    And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
    Thomson.

  3. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
  4. To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin.

    Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel. Ps. ii. 9.

    A brave vessel, . . .
    Dashed all to pieces.
    Shak.

    To perplex and dash
    Maturest counsels.
    Milton.

  5. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
  6. To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress.

    South.

    Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.

  7. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.

    Innocence when it has in it a dash of folly. Addison.

  8. 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.

    I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications. Addison.

    The very source and fount of day
    Is dashed with wandering isles of night.
    Tennyson.

  9. 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.

    She takes upon her bravely at first dash. Shak.

  10. To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
  11. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
  12. To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.
  13. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash.

    [Low]
  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.

    John Wilson.
  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.

    (b)
  16. A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; -- used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.
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Dash

DASH, verb transitive

1. To strike suddenly or violently, whether throwing or falling; as, to dash one stone against another.

Lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Matthew 4:6

2. To strike and bruise or break; to break by collision; but usually with the words, in pieces.

Thou shalt dash them in pieces, as a potter's vessel. Psalms 2:9.

3. To throw water suddenly, in separate portions; as, to dash water on the head.

4. To bespatter; to sprinkle; as, to dash a garment.

5. To strike and break or disperse.

At once the brushing oars and brazen prow dash up the sandy waves, and open the depth below. Dryden.

6. To mix and reduce or adulterate by throwing in another substance; as, to dash wine with water; the story is dashed with fables.

7. To form or sketch out in haste, carelessly.

8. To erase at a stroke; to strike out to blot out or obliterate; as, to dash out a line or word.

9. To break; to destroy; to frustrate; as, to dash all their schemes and hopes.

10. To confound; to confuse; to put to shame; to abash; to depress by shame or fear; as, he was dashed at the appearance of the judge.

DASH the proud gamester in his gilded car. Pope.

DASH, verb intransitive

1. To strike, break, scatter and fly off; as, agitate water and it will dash over the sides of a vessel; the waves dashed over the side of the ship.

2. To rush, strike and break or scatter; as, the waters dash down the precipice.

3. To rush with violence, and break through; as, he dashed into the enemy's ranks; or he dashed through thick and thin.

DASH, noun

1. Collision; a violent striking of two bodies; as the dash of clouds.

2. Infusion; admixture; something thrown into another substance; as, the wine has a dash of water.

Innocence, with a dash of folly. Addison.

3. Admixture; as, red with a dash of purple.

4. a rushing, or onset with violence; as, to make a dash upon the enemy.

5. A sudden stroke; a blow; an act.

She takes upon her bravely at first dash Shak.

6. A flourish; blustering parade; as, the young fop made a dash

7. A mark or line in writing or printing, noting a break or stop in the sentence; as in Virgil, quos ego-:or a pause; or the division of the sentence.

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