1. the longer of the two telegraphic signals used in Morse code

    Synonyms : dah
    Type Of : radiotelegraphic signal, telegraphic signal
  2. the act of moving with great haste

    Synonyms : bolt
    Type Of : rush, haste, hurry, rushing
    Examples :
    • he made a dash for the door
  3. run or move very quickly or hastily

    Synonyms : dart, flash, scoot, scud, shoot
    Type Of : speed, hasten, hie, hotfoot, bucket along, belt along, step on it, rush along, pelt along, rush, race, cannonball along
    Examples :
    • She dashed into the yard
  4. distinctive and stylish elegance

    Synonyms : elan, flair, panache, style
    Type Of : elegance
    Examples :
    • he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer
  5. 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
    Type Of : punctuation mark, punctuation
  6. break into pieces, as by striking or knocking over

    Synonyms : smash
    Type Of : break
  7. hurl or thrust violently

    Synonyms : crash
    Type Of : cast, hurl, hurtle
    Examples :
    • He dashed the plate against the wall
    • Waves were dashing against the rock
  8. cause to lose courage

    Synonyms : daunt, frighten away, frighten off, pall, scare, scare away, scare off
    Type Of : intimidate
    Examples :
    • dashed by the refusal
  9. a quick run

    Synonyms : sprint
    Type Of : run, running
  10. add an enlivening or altering element to

    Type Of : mix in, mix
    Examples :
    • blue paint dashed with white
  11. a footrace run at top speed

    Type Of : track event
    Examples :
    • he is preparing for the 100-yard dash
  12. destroy or break

    Type Of : queer, baffle, bilk, cross, foil, frustrate, scotch, spoil, thwart
    Examples :
    • dashed ambitions and hopes


  1. lowered in value

    Synonyms : debased, devalued
  2. unrestrained by convention or morality

    Synonyms : debauched, degenerate, dissipated, dissolute, fast, libertine, profligate, riotous
    Examples :
    • deplorably dissipated and degraded


  1. not fixed in position

    Synonyms : free
    Examples :
    • the detached shutter fell on him
  2. being or feeling set or kept apart from others

    Synonyms : isolated, separated, set-apart
    Examples :
    • she felt detached from the group
  3. no longer connected or joined

    Synonyms : separated
    Examples :
    • a detached part
    • on one side of the island was a hugh rock, almost detached
  4. lacking affection or warm feeling

    Synonyms : unaffectionate, uncaring
  5. showing lack of emotional involvement

    Synonyms : degage, uninvolved
    Examples :
    • she may be detached or even unfeeling but at least she's not hypocritically effusive
  6. used of buildings; standing apart from others

    Antonyms : attached
    Examples :
    • detached houses
    • a detached garage


  1. a determining or causal element or factor

    Synonyms : causal factor, determinative, determiner, determining factor
    Type Of : cognitive factor
    Examples :
    • education is an important determinant of one's outlook on life
  2. the site on the surface of an antigen molecule to which an antibody attaches itself

    Synonyms : antigenic determinant, epitope
    Type Of : site, situation
  3. having the power or quality of deciding

    Synonyms : deciding, determinative, determining
    Examples :
    • the determinative (or determinant) battle
  4. a square matrix used to solve simultaneous equations

    Type Of : square matrix


  1. mar or spoil the appearance of

    Synonyms : blemish, deface
    Type Of : deflower, impair, mar, spoil, vitiate
    Examples :
    • The vandals disfigured the statue


  1. so badly formed or out of shape as to be ugly

    Synonyms : distorted, ill-shapen, malformed, misshapen
    Examples :
    • deformed thalidomide babies


  1. representing or appealing to or adapted for the benefit of the people at large

    Synonyms : popular
    Examples :
    • democratic art forms
    • a democratic or popular movement
  2. characterized by or advocating or based upon the principles of democracy or social equality

    Antonyms : undemocratic
    Examples :
    • democratic government
    • a democratic country
    • a democratic scorn for bloated dukes and lords
  3. belong to or relating to the Democratic Party


  1. continually changing especially as from one abode or occupation to another

    Synonyms : aimless, floating, vagabond, vagrant
    Examples :
    • a drifting double-dealer
  2. aimless wandering from place to place

    Type Of : roving, vagabondage, wandering


  1. nonperformance of something distasteful (as by deceit or trickery) that you are supposed to do

    Synonyms : escape, evasion
    Type Of : negligence, nonperformance, carelessness, neglect
  2. deliberately avoiding; keeping away from or preventing from happening

    Synonyms : avoidance, shunning, turning away
    Type Of : rejection
  3. a statement that evades the question by cleverness or trickery

    Synonyms : dodge, scheme
    Type Of : untruth, falsity, falsehood


  1. with diligence; in a diligent manner

    Examples :
    • we may diligently observe the Lord's supper on the first day of the week, diligently preach the gospel, or minister to the saint