Dash, n. 1. Violent striking together of two bodies; collision; crash.
2. A sudden check; abashment; frustration; ruin; as, his hopes received a
3. 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.
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.
She takes upon her bravely at first dash.Shak.
5. Energy in style or action; animation; spirit.
6. A vain show; a blustering parade; a flourish; as, to make or cut a great
(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.
(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.
(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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