Dash

Dash

, n. 1. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
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2. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a dash.
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3. A slight admixture, infusion, or adulteration; a partial overspreading; as, wine with a dash of water; red with a dash of purple.
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Innocence when it has in it a dash of folly.
Addison.
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4. 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.
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She takes upon her bravely at first dash.
Shak.
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5. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
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6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great dash. [Low]
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7. (Punctuation) 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.
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8. (Mus.) (a) 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) The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.
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9. (Racing) 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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