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Definition of dash noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    small amount
  1. 1[countable, usually singular] dash (of something) a small amount of something that is added to something else Add a dash of lemon juice. The rug adds a dash of color to the room. The album is a mixture of rock and gospel, with a dash of jazz thrown in. compare splash
  2. something done quickly
  3. 2[singular] a dash (for something) an act of going somewhere suddenly and/or quickly When the doors opened, there was a mad dash for seats. a 60-mile dash to safety He jumped off the bus and made a dash for the nearest bar. We waited for the police to leave, then made a dash for it (= left quickly in order to escape).
  4. 3[singular] an act of doing something quickly because you do not have enough time a last-minute dash to buy presents
  5. symbol
  6. 4[countable] the mark (—) used to separate parts of a sentence, often instead of a colon or in pairs instead of parentheses compare hyphen
  7. race
  8. 5[countable, usually singular] a race in which the people taking part run very fast over a short distance synonym sprint the 100-meter dash
  9. part of car
  10. 6[countable] (informal) = dashboard
  11. way of behaving
  12. 7[uncountable] (old-fashioned) (approving) a way of behaving that combines style, enthusiasm, and confidence He brought youthful energy, dash and charisma to the department.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: dash