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dash (v.)

c. 1300, "strike suddenly and violently," also "move quickly, rush violently," and, transitive, "cause to strike suddenly and violently;" probably from a Scandinavian source (compare Swedish daska, Danish daske "to beat, strike"), somehow imitative. The oldest sense is that in dash to pieces and dashed hopes. Meaning "scatter or sprinkle" (something, over something else) is by 1520s. Intransitive meaning "write or sketch hurriedly" is by 1726 in dash off. By 1800 as a euphemism for damn. Related: Dashed; dashing.

dash (n.)

late 14c., "a violent striking together of two bodies," from dash (v.). In writing and printing, "horizontal line used as a punctuation mark," 1550s. Meaning "small infusion or mixture" is from 1610s. Meaning "showy appearance" is from 1715; sense of "capacity for prompt action" is by 1796. As one of the two Morse code signals from 1859. Sporting sense is from 1881, originally "a short race run in one attempt, not in heats."

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Definitions of dash from WordNet
1
dash (v.)
run or move very quickly or hastily;
She dashed into the yard
Synonyms: dart / scoot / scud / flash / shoot
dash (v.)
break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over;
Synonyms: smash
dash (v.)
hurl or thrust violently;
He dashed the plate against the wall
Waves were dashing against the rock
Synonyms: crash
dash (v.)
destroy or break;
dashed ambitions and hopes
dash (v.)
cause to lose courage;
dashed by the refusal
Synonyms: daunt / scare off / pall / frighten off / scare away / frighten away / scare
dash (v.)
add an enlivening or altering element to;
blue paint dashed with white
2
dash (n.)
distinctive and stylish elegance;
he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
Synonyms: elan / flair / panache / style
dash (n.)
a quick run;
Synonyms: sprint
dash (n.)
a footrace run at top speed;
he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
dash (n.)
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;
Synonyms: hyphen
dash (n.)
the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code;
Synonyms: dah
dash (n.)
the act of moving with great haste;
he made a dash for the door
Synonyms: bolt
From wordnet.princeton.edu