Pronunciation: (dash),[key] —v.t. 1. to strike or smash violently, esp. so as to break to pieces: He dashed the plate into smithereens against the wall. 2. to throw or thrust violently or suddenly: to dash one stone against another. 3. to splash, often violently; bespatter (with water, mud, etc.): He recovered consciousness when they dashed water in his face. 4. to apply roughly, as by splashing: to dash paint here and there on the wall. 5. to mix or adulterate by adding another substance: to dash wine with water. 6. to ruin or frustrate (hopes, plans, etc.): The rain dashed our hopes for a picnic. 7. to depress; dispirit: The failure dashed his spirits. 8. to confound or abash: His rejection dashed and humiliated him.
—v.i. 1. to strike with violence: The waves dashed against the cliff. 2. to move with violence; rush: The horses dashed out of the burning stable. 3. dash off, a. to hurry away; leave: I must dash off now. b. Also,dash down.to write, make, accomplish, etc., hastily: We dashed off a letter to announce the news. He dashed down a memo.
—n. 1. a small quantity of anything thrown into or mixed with something else: a dash of salt. 2. a hasty or sudden movement; a rush or sudden onset: They all made a dash for the door. 3. the mark or sign (—) used to note an abrupt break or pause in a sentence or hesitation in an utterance, to begin and end a parenthetic word, phrase, or clause, to indicate the omission of letters or words, to divide a line, to substitute for certain uses of the colon, and to separate any of various elements of a sentence or series of sentences, as a question from its answer.
4. the throwing or splashing of liquid against something: the dash of the waves against the dock. 5. the sound of such splashing: The dash of the waves on the beach could be heard from afar. 6. spirited action; élan; vigor in action or style: The dancer performed with spirit and dash. 7. Track.a short race: a 100-yard dash. 8. dashboard (def. 1).
9. Telegraphy.a signal of longer duration than a dot, used in groups of dots, dashes, and spaces to represent letters, as in Morse code.
10. a hasty stroke, esp. of a pen.
11. Archaic.a violent and rapid blow or stroke.
12. cut a dash, to make a striking impression; be ostentatious or showy.
Pronunciation: (dash),[key] —v.t.Chiefly Brit. to damn (usually used interjectionally).