1. A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; hence, any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow.
And he [Joab] took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom. --2 Sa. xviii. 14.
2. Anything resembling a dart; anything that pierces or wounds like a dart.
The artful inquiry, whose venomed dart
Scarce wounds the hearing while it stabs the heart. --Hannan More.
3. A spear set as a prize in running. [Obs.]
4. Zool. A fish; the dace. See Dace.
Dart sac Zool., a sac connected with the reproductive organs of land snails, which contains a dart, or arrowlike structure.
Dart, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darted; p. pr. & vb. n. Darting.]
1. To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
2. To throw suddenly or rapidly; to send forth; to emit; to shoot; as, the sun darts forth his beams.
Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart? --Pope.
Dart, v. i.
1. To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
2. To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along; as, the deer darted from the thicket.
n 1: a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
2: a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
3: a sudden quick movement [syn: flit]
v 1: move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart [syn: flit, flutter,
2: run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the
yard" [syn: dash, scoot, scud, flash, shoot]
3: move with sudden speed; "His forefinger darted in all
directions as he spoke"
an instrument of war; a light spear. "Fiery darts" (Eph. 6:16)
are so called in allusion to the habit of discharging darts from
the bow while they are on fire or armed with some combustible
material. Arrows are compared to lightning (Deut. 32:23, 42; Ps.