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English noun: dash

1. dash (attribute) distinctive and stylish elegance

SamplesHe wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer.

Synonymselan, flair, panache, style

Broader (hypernym)elegance

2. dash (act) a quick run


Broader (hypernym)run, running

Narrower (hyponym)break

3. dash (event) a footrace run at top speed

SamplesHe is preparing for the 100-yard dash.

Broader (hypernym)track event

4. dash (communication) 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


Broader (hypernym)punctuation, punctuation mark

5. dash (communication) the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code


Broader (hypernym)radiotelegraphic signal, telegraphic signal

Part meronyminternational Morse code, Morse, Morse code

6. dash (act) the act of moving with great haste

SamplesHe made a dash for the door.


Broader (hypernym)haste, hurry, rush, rushing

English verb: dash

1. dash (motion) run or move very quickly or hastily

SamplesShe dashed into the yard.

Synonymsdart, flash, scoot, scud, shoot

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it

Narrower (hyponym)plunge

Verb groupbuck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear

2. dash (change) break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

SamplesSmash a plate.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)break

Narrower (hyponym)blast, knock down

Verb groupsmash

3. dash (contact) hurl or thrust violently

SamplesHe dashed the plate against the wall.
Waves were dashing against the rock.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)cast, hurl, hurtle

4. dash (social) destroy or break

SamplesDashed ambitions and hopes.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, queer, scotch, spoil, thwart

5. dash (emotion) cause to lose courage

SamplesDashed by the refusal.

Synonymsdaunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)intimidate, restrain

6. dash (change) add an enlivening or altering element to

SamplesBlue paint dashed with white.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)mix, mix in

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