• Paper Darts
    Paper Darts
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dart move with sudden speed "His forefinger darted in all directions as he spoke"
    • v dart move along rapidly and lightly; skim or dart "The hummingbird flitted among the branches"
    • v dart run or move very quickly or hastily "She dashed into the yard"
    • n dart a sudden quick movement
    • n dart a tapered tuck made in dressmaking
    • n dart a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Jo darted away Jo darted away

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: When playing competitive darts the player must be 7 feet 9 1/4 inches back from the dartboard. Also the board must be 5 feet 8 inches above the floor
    • Dart (Zoöl) A fish; the dace. See Dace.
    • Dart A pointed missile weapon, intended to be thrown by the hand; a short lance; a javelin; hence, any sharp-pointed missile weapon, as an arrow. "And he [Joab] took three darts in his hand, and thrust them through the heart of Absalom."
    • Dart A spear set as a prize in running.
    • Dart Anything resembling a dart; anything that pierces or wounds like a dart. "The artful inquiry, whose venomed dart Scarce wounds the hearing while it stabs the heart."
    • Dart To fly or pass swiftly, as a dart.
    • Dart To start and run with velocity; to shoot rapidly along; as, the deer darted from the thicket.
    • Dart To throw suddenly or rapidly; to send forth; to emit; to shoot; as, the sun darts forth his beams. "Or what ill eyes malignant glances dart ?"
    • Dart To throw with a sudden effort or thrust, as a dart or other missile weapon; to hurl or launch.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The minimum number of darts that need to be thrown to complete a single in, double out game of 501 is nine.
    • n dart A pointed missile weapon thrown or thrust-by the hand; a small and light spear or javelin, sometimes hurled by the aid of a strap or thong.
    • n dart A kind of eel-spear.
    • n dart A spear set up as a prize for victory in running or other athletic contests.
    • n dart Anything like a dart in shape, use, or effect. Specifically— The missile or arrow of a blow-gun when made with a point.
    • n dart In conch., a love-dart, or spiculum amoris
    • n dart One of various moths, so called by British collectors
    • n dart A seam uniting two edges of stuff from between which a gore has been cut away: designed to shape a garment to the figure.
    • n dart Figuratively, a piercing look or utterance.
    • n dart A sudden swift movement.
    • dart To throw with a sudden thrust, as a pointed instrument.
    • dart To throw or thrust suddenly or rapidly; emit; shoot: as, the sun darts forth his beams.
    • dart To pierce; spear; transfix.
    • dart To have the piercing movement or effect of a dart; move swiftly, like a dart.
    • dart To spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: as, the deer darted from the thicket.
    • n dart Same as dace, 1.
    • n dart Plan; scheme.
    • n dart Idea; ‘style’; fancy: as, “strawberries and cream, eh!—that's my dart.”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Lawn darts are illegal in Canada.
    • n Dart därt a pointed weapon for throwing with the hand: anything that pierces
    • v.t Dart to hurl suddenly: to send or shoot forth
    • v.i Dart to start or shoot forth rapidly—freq. Dar′tle
    • Dart därt a small river fish of the carp family, and of the same genus as the roach, chub, minnow, &c.
    • n Dart därt a small river fish of the carp family, and of the same genus as the roach, chub, minnow, &c.
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  • Ella Wheeler Wilcox
    “With care, and skill, and cunning art, She parried Time's malicious dart, And kept the years at bay, Till passion entered in her heart and aged her in a day!”
  • Dorothy Parker
    “Love is like quicksilver in the hand. Leave the fingers open and it stays. Clutch is, and it darts away.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. dart, of German origin; cf. OHG. tart, javelin, dart, AS. darað, daroð, Sw. dart, dagger, Icel. darraðr, dart
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. darce—O. Fr. dars—Low L. dardus, a dart or javelin—of Teut. origin. So called from its quickness.


In literature:

After a minute or two I lifted one side of my hat and out darted one of the birds; then I lifted the hat from the other.
"Bird Stories from Burroughs" by John Burroughs
Darting to the back of the cabin, he peered through a chink.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Then, suddenly, they both darted swiftly off and climbed a tree, where they sat chattering.
"The Ocean Wireless Boys And The Naval Code" by John Henry Goldfrap, AKA Captain Wilbur Lawton
He stalked off, and stooping down, darted into the low passage-way.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Mary Sartoris darted after him, her face white with fear, and terror and anxiety in her accent.
"The Slave of Silence" by Fred M. White
These darts are sharpened to a fine point, and are carried in neatly-carved bamboo quivers.
"Children of Borneo" by Edwin Herbert Gomes
Her instant of inaction past, she darted down the corridor after Mary.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
The latter, with a hail of delight, darted toward the dock, arriving barely behind Dawson.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
People darted away from the place where the crossbowmen had aimed, leaving that part of the street empty.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Simon tried to fend her off, but she darted under his hands, twisted around him, and drove the dart into Sordello's throat.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Above the rippling river
May swallows skim and dart;
November and December
Keep watch within my heart.
"A Dirge" by Amy Levy
Needle, needle, dip and dart,
Thrusting up and down,
Where's the man could ease a heart
Like a satin gown?
"The Satin Dress" by Dorothy Parker
Where the limbs that used to dart
Swifter through the snow
Than the twenty-membered hart,
Than the mountain roe?
"Nadowessian Death-Lament" by Friedrich von Schiller
A gaudy dress and gentle air
May slightly touch the heart,
But it's innocence and modesty
That polishes the dart.
"Handsome Nell" by Robert Burns
What! love's sweetest word! ah, me!
Canst forget the mightiest ray
Death can dart, or heaven display?
"The Two Lovers Of Heaven: Chrysanthus And Daria - Act I" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
Woe, oh woe!
Both the parts,
Quick as darts,
Stand on end,
Servants of my dreaded foe!
Oh, ye gods protection send!
"The Pupil In Magic" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

No this one's a spring-loaded cellular gun that fires molecular darts in bacteria .
Rescued black bear cub injured by dart.
Brighton takes 5-A golf title as Darts pull into third place.
A published news report about the Dodge Dart may have struck some fear for those involved with the Belvidere Chrysler plant, but a national auto expert says there's no need to worry.
1963 Dart good used front bumper complete with brackets.
Travelers longing for a DART connection to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport can soon print their boarding passes.
A DART rail stop at the airport is still a couple of years away, but on Dec 3, the transit agency is starting.
Las Vegas Metro Police captured her at around 5:30 pm after setting up a containment area and targeting her with tranquilizer darts.
Based on what we see in the cabin of the Dart models shown at Detroit, cabin appointments appear to overcompensate for the Caliber 's woes.
Ralph Mahalak, Jr of Monroe Dodge Superstore in Monroe, is offering a unique guarantee in hopes of promoting the new Dart and Wrangler.
(AP) -All Gretchen Jackson remembered of Barbaro darting past the Kentucky Derby finish line as the winner was her "extreme screaming" in the joy of the moment.
It's the biggest expansion in Dart Container 's history, and it means hundreds of jobs in Mid-Michigan.
Dart Container Buying Solo Cup.
Dart Container Corporation To Undergo Record Expansion.
After more than 50 years of business in Mason, Dart Container is full.

In science:

However, if one can make use of galaxy orientation angles (Pimbblet 2005), this problem now becomes vectorized (a so-called ‘connect-the-darts’ problem) and potentially easier to solve (Figure 6; Arias-Castro et al. 2004).
Pulling out Threads from the Cosmic Tapestry: Defining Filaments of Galaxies
Proof. A cubic multigraph can be modeled as a pairing of darts (half-edges), 3 for each vertex, with a total of 6r darts.
On the probability of planarity of a random graph near the critical point
Figure 6: The phase space of the dart-rhombus tiling is a tetrahedron.
Random Tilings: Concepts and Examples
The other triangle surfaces which are obtained by the exchange symmetry are diluted phases where the darts arrange along directed lines due to exclusion of one dart orientation.
Random Tilings: Concepts and Examples
In general, phase transitions occur in regions where we have infinite dart lines which tend to minimize the enclosed area as in percolation, see figures 10 and 11.
Random Tilings: Concepts and Examples