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Dash appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
    A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
    Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
    But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
    None of your fantastic slack swap slop
    From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
    Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
    With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
    Not a supersheet seersucker rucksack sock,
    Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik's sock
    Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
    Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop
    Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
    (articulation warmup for actors)

Dash appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Dash sin if I finish sad.
  • Stacy, moths add dash to my cats.
  • "Dash to bet or win," I wrote, "Both sad."
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The word DASH can be typed using only the middle row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun dash:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb dash:


The word dash is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun dash

What does dash mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dashes

  1. distinctive and stylish elegance
    • example: he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • synonyms of dash: elan / flair / panache / style
    • more generic word: elegance = a refined quality of gracefulness and good taste
  2. a quick run
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of dash: sprint
    • more generic words: run / running = the act of running
    • more specific word: break = a sudden dash
  3. a footrace run at top speed
    • example: he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic term: track event = a footrace performed on a track
  4. a punctuation mark (-) used between parts of a compound word or between the syllables of a word when the word is divided at the end of a line of text
  5. the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code
  6. the act of moving with great haste
    • example: he made a dash for the door
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of dash: bolt
    • more generic words: haste / hurry / rush / rushing = the act of moving hurriedly and in a careless manner

Alternative definition of the noun dash


  1. [typography] Any of the following symbols: ‒ (figure dash), – (en dash), — (em dash), or ― (horizontal bar).
  2. A short run.
  3. A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
  4. A dashboard.
  5. One of the two symbols of Morse code.

Specialised definition of the noun dash

Glossary of sports / athletics

the former name for a sprint (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb dash

What does dash mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: dashed | dashing | dashes

  1. run or move very quickly or hastily
  2. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of dash: smash
    • more generic word: break = destroy the integrity of; usually by force
    • more specific terms: knock down / blast = shatter as if by explosion
  3. hurl or thrust violently
    • examples: He dashed the plate against the wall | Waves were dashing against the rock
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Instrument] against / on [Patient]Paula hit the stick against/on the fence
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient]Paula hit the ball | Paula spanked the child | Paula swatted the fly
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]Paul kicked the door open | Paula bit the bag open | They spanked him dead
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective] with [Instrument]Paul hit the door open with his foot | Paula swatted the fly dead with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]Paul hit the window to pieces
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state] with [Instrument]Paul hit the window to pieces with a hammer
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient] with [Instrument]Paula hit the ball with a stick | Paula spanked the child with her right hand | Paula swatted the fly with a dishcloth
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Patient, plural] togetherPaula hit the sticks together
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient]The stick hit the fence
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] [Adjective]The stick hit the door open
      [Instrument - concrete object] [Verb] [Patient] to / into [Oblique, state]The hammer hit the window to pieces

      Verbs of Contact by Impact (with the same syntax): bang, bash, click, squash, tamp, thump, thwack, whack.

    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of dash: crash
    • more generic words: cast / hurl / hurtle = throw forcefully
  4. destroy or break
  5. cause to lose courage
  6. add an enlivening or altering element to
    • example: blue paint dashed with white
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic terms: mix / mix in = add as an additional element or part

Alternative definition of the verb dash


  1. [intransitive] To run quickly or for a short distance.
  2. [intransitive, informal] To leave or depart.
  3. [transitive] To destroy by striking (against).
  4. [transitive] To throw violently.
  5. [transitive] To sprinkle; to splatter.
  6. [transitive, of hopes or dreams] To ruin; to destroy.
  7. [transitive] To dishearten; to sadden.
  8. [transitive] To complete hastily, usually with down or off.
  9. To draw quickly; jot

Other definitions of dash

What does dash also mean?


  1. [euphemistic] Damn!


  1. Dash is a boutique clothing and accessory chain founded in 2006 by the Kardashian sisters. As of 2014, the chain has three locations in the United States.
  2. Dash a.k.a. Dash Navigation: Dash Express is the smartest Internet-connected automotive navigation system on the road. In fact, it's the first and only navigation system with built-in two-way connectivity. Which means it gets you where you want to go—in the fastest time possible—and delivers the most relevant information—right to your dashboard. Plus, Dash Express is the only device on the market that automatically and wirelessly updates its software and features, so all you have to do is drive.
  3. Dash is a record label.


  1. Dash a.k.a. Darren Shahlavi: Darren Majian Shahlavi, sometimes credited as Shahlavi, is an English actor and martial artist. His surname is of Persian origin.
  2. Dash a.k.a. Dash Mihok: Dashiell "Dash" Mihok is an American actor, most well known for playing "Bunchy" Donovan in the Showtime drama, Ray Donovan.
  3. Dash a.k.a. Jonathan Stewart: Jonathan Creon Stewart is an American football running back for the Carolina Panthers of the NFL. He was selected by the Panthers in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at the University of Oregon.
  4. Dash a.k.a. Dashiell Cooper is the son of Sheryl Cooper and Alice Cooper.
  5. Dash a.k.a. Dashiell Wolf is an actor.
  6. Dash a.k.a. Thomas Alva Edison Jr. is the son of Thomas Edison.
  7. Dash a.k.a. Diana Carr is an actress.
  8. Dash a.k.a. Desmond Tam is a musical artist.
  9. Dash a.k.a. Pedro Caropreso is a musical artist.

There are other people with in their name, like Ava Dash, Dane Dash, Dash Hart, Dash Snow, Jack Dash, Joan Dash, Leon Dash, Mike Dash, Nick Dash, Sean Dash and many others.


  1. Dash is a musical group.
    • album: "Si"
  2. Dash is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like B-Dash, Dash & Will, Dash Berlin, 3ST vs. Dash, Pin Pon Dash, Atlantic Dash, Dash Rip Rock.


  1. Dash was a King Charles spaniel owned by Queen Victoria. Victoria's biographer Elizabeth Longford, called him "the Queen's closest childhood companion", and in the words of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, he "was the first in a long line of beloved little dogs".
    • born in (186 years ago)
    • died in (176 years ago)
  2. Dash, who was U.S. First Lady Caroline Harrison's dog, was a mixed breed collie. It was reported that he was always wanting to play with his owner, but Harrison couldn't because he feared his colleagues would think of him as less of a man.
  3. Dash was a dog owned by Charles Lamb.
  4. Dash is a Siberian Husky dog.

There are other animals with in their name, like Just A Dash.


  1. Dash is a fictional character from the 2004 film The Incredibles.
  2. Dash is a fictional character from The Railway Series books written by the Reverend Wilbert Vere Awdry and his son, Christopher Awdry, and the spin-off children's television series, Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends.
  3. Dash is a fictional character from the 2008 film Hush.
  4. Dash is a fictional character from the 2012 film Dragon Eyes.
  5. Dash is a fictional character in the various Transformers universes.
  6. Dash is a fictional film character.

There are other characters with in their name, like Dash Rendar, Rainbow Dash and Deirdre 'Dash' McKinley.


"Dash" a.k.a. "Hidalgo" is a 2004 film based on the legend of the American distance rider Frank Hopkins and his mustang Hidalgo, and recounts Hopkins' racing his horse in Arabia in 1891 against Bedouin riding pure-blooded Arabian horses. The movie was written by John Fusco and directed by Joe Johnston. It stars Viggo Mortensen, Zuleikha Robinson, and Omar Sharif.


"Dash" is a musical album of Sissy Spacek.

  • released in (4 years ago)


Dash is a culinary measure.

There are other foods with Dash in their name, like Keebler Club Dash of Salt Crackers.


  1. Dash: A dash is a punctuation mark that is similar to a hyphen or minus sign, but differs from both of these symbols primarily in length and function. The most common versions of the dash are the en dash and the em dash, named for the length of a typeface's lower-case n and upper-case M respectively.
    • also known as 连接号
  2. Dash a.k.a. Darkcoin is an open source peer-to-peer cryptocurrency that uses a system called Darksend to add privacy to transactions.
  3. DASH: Driving Alexandria Safely Home is the public bus system for the city of Alexandria, Virginia, operated by the Alexandria Transit Company, a non-profit organization wholly owned by the city.
  4. Dash is an Oriya Brahmin surname who belongs to Utkala Brahmins. Some of them write Dash-Sharma. They are settled throughout Orissa and follow mainly the Shrauta tradition of Hinduism and any form of Vishnu as Kuladevata. A minority of Oriya Brahmins sometimes use the shorter form 'Das'. The shorter surname Das is more commonly a Kayastha surname in Orissa and West Bengal. So all family surnames ending as Dash indicate Brahmin ancestry in Orissa, while Das could be of Brahmin ancestry.
  5. Dash a.k.a. Dash! is a Japanese manga anthology comprising two stories written and illustrated by Isaku Natsume. It is licensed for sale in North America by Digital Manga Publishing, which released the manga on 25 November 2007.
  6. The Dash Engine is a game engine developed by Circular Studios since February 2014. The primary purpose of the Dash Engine is to combine the programmer-facing model of XNA and MonoGame with the designer-friendliness of Unity in a fully free and open source engine.
  7. Dash a.k.a. Sony Dash: The Dash is a device manufactured by Sony that connects using Wi-Fi to the Internet. It has a touch screen which the user can use to browse information or listen to music. It is not a portable device since it does not have an internal battery. It is positioned as a personal internet viewer which can act as an alarm clock, Internet radio, digital photo frame and many other uses. It has applications which can be downloaded onto the device. These are the same as those supported by the Chumby device.
  8. Dash a.k.a. THE TETSUWAN DASH is TV program.
  9. Dash a.k.a. DASH!!!! is a cataloged instance, musical recording, canonical version.

Phrases with Dash

Phrases starting with the word Dash:

  1. dash off
  2. dash-pot
  3. dash down
  4. Dash Goby
  5. Dash Cherry

Phrases ending with the word Dash:

  1. Em Dash
  2. En Dash
  3. Long Dash
  4. Wave dash
  5. Black Dash
  6. Cut a Dash
  7. swung dash
  8. Figure Dash
  9. Pebble Dash
  10. Trolley Dash
  11. To Cut a Dash
  12. Wedge-and-Dash
  13. Splash-and-Dash

Other phrases containing the word Dash:

  1. to dash off
  2. to dash down

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dash

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Google previewUtilizing Problem Structure in Planning (2003)

A Local Search Approach by Jörg Hoffmann

A dash means that no plan was found after 5 minutes. An empty entry means that the planner could not be run on the respective task. Some domain names are abbreviated in order to fit the figure into the page without making it too tiny to read .

Google previewThe Business of Technology: Digital Multimedia (2007)

by Susan Lake, Karen Bean May

Em and En Dashes An en dash is a line the width of the capital letter N in whatever font and point size being used; it is used in ranges of numbers, letters, or dates. An en dash is a line the width of the capital letter N in whatever font and point ...

Google previewIntroduction to Orthotics - E-Book (2014)

A Clinical Reasoning and Problem-Solving Approach by Brenda M. Coppard, Helene Lohman

DASH is a condition-specific tool. The DASH consists of 30...

Rather, the merit of the DASH is the information obtained is about the client's functional abilities. An interview...

The DASH is an objective means of measuring client outcomes when re-administered following orthosis provision or other treatment interventions.

Google previewThe Business of Technology: Digital Desktop Publishing (2007)

by Susan Lake, Karen Bean May

Em dash An em dash is a line the width of the capital letter "M" in whatever font and point size are being used. It indicates a break in thought. Em space An em space is a space the width of a capital letter "M" in the font and point size being ...

Google previewRockwood and Matsen's The Shoulder (2016)

by Charles A. Rockwood Jr., Frederick A. Matsen III, Michael A. Wirth, Steven B. Lippitt, Edward V Fehringer, John W Sperling

DASH is the third most commonly used upper extremity outcome measure in publications over the last 2 years, after the Constant Murley and the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) scores.16 The DASH is a patient- administered, ...

Google previewThe Motor Way (1905)

the dash is a storage space, which may be locked, if so desired. The new tonneau car, with King of the Belgians type of body, is an easy appearing vehicle. The exterior body lines possess numerous graceful curves, the side entrances to the ...

Google previewAn Encyclopedia of South Carolina Jazz and Blues Musicians (2016)

by Benjamin Franklin V

Dash performed locally with the ...

Google previewNew Universal Graphic Dictionary of the English Language, Self-pronouncing (1922)

Based on the Foundation Laid by Noah Webster and Other Lexicographers

to dash to split or rend into ...

Google previewThe Wordsworth Dictionary of Drink (2005)

An A-Z of Alcoholic Beverages by Ned Halley

Over ice stir 2 parts dry gin, 1 dry vermouth, 1 sweet vermouth, 1 dash grenadine, 1 dash orange bitters. Strain and add cocktail cherry to glass.

Google previewA New English-Hindustani Dictionary (1883)

With Illustrations from English Literature and Colloquial English, Tr. Into Hindustani by S. W. Fallon

Dash, v. a. 1. throw with violence or haste, ; patakna ; de marna. To dash against the ground. Zamin pe de marna ; dhartl pe patak dena. 2. put to sham'., confound, lajana ; sharma- na ; pasheman k. ; gira d. ; dabana, ; ghatana.

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Scrabble value of D2A1S1H4

The value of this 4-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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