To accelerate the progress of.
To perform (a task) fast and efficiently.
- He expedited the search by alphabetizing the papers.
* slow down
Free of impediment; unimpeded.
Expeditious; quick; prompt.
- to make the way plain and expedite
* John Locke
- nimble and expedite in its operation
- Speech is a very short and expedite way of conveying their thoughts.
(typography) Any of the following symbols: (''horizontal bar ).
A short run.
A small quantity of a liquid substance; less than 1/8 of a teaspoon.
- sometimes dash'' is also used colloquially to refer to a ''hyphen'' or ''minus sign .
- Add a dash of vinegar
* 1955 , edition, ISBN 0553249592, page 31:
- Aren't we full of dash this morning?
One of the two symbols of Morse code.
(Nigeria) A bribe or gratuity.
* 1992 , George B. N. Ayittey, Africa betrayed (page 44)
- The dash clock said 2:38 when.
* 2006 , Adiele Eberechukwu Afigbo, The Abolition of the Slave Trade in Southeastern Nigeria, 1885-1950 (page 99)
- The traditional practice of offering gifts or "dash " to chiefs has often been misinterpreted by scholars to provide a cultural explanation for the pervasive incidence of bribery and corruption in modern Africa.
* 2008 , Lizzie Williams, Nigeria: The Bradt Travel Guide (page 84)
- Writing in 1924 on a similar situation in Ugep, the political officer, Mr. S. T. Harvey noted: "In the old days there was no specified dowry but merely dashes given to the father-in-law
(obsolete, euphemistic) A stand-in for a censored word, like "Devil" or "damn". (Compare deuce.)
* 1824 , "Kiddywinkle History, No. II", Blackwood's Magazine (15, May 1824)
- The only other times you'll be asked for a dash is from beggars.
* 1853 , (William Makepeace Thackery), (The Newcomes)'', Chapter VI, serialized in ''Harper's New Monthly Magazine , (VIII, no. 43, Dec 1853)
- I'll be dashed if I gan another step for less 'an oaf.
*:Comment : Some editions leave this passage out. Of those that include it, some change the 'you!' to 'you?'.
* 1884 , (Lord Robert Gower), My Reminiscences'', reprinted in "The Evening Lamp", ''The Christian Union , (29) 22, (May 29, 1884)
- Sir Thomas looks as if to ask what the dash is that to you! but wanting still to go to India again, and knowing how strong the Newcomes are in Leadenhall Street, he thinks it necessary to be civil to the young cub, and swallows his pride once more into his waistband.
* 1939 , , (Uncle Fred in the Springtime)
- Who the dash' is this person whom none of us know? and what the ' dash does he do here?
- I'll be dashed if I squash in with any domestic staff.
* See also
* punctuation mark
* dash off
* em dash, en dash
To run quickly or for a short distance.
(informal) To leave or depart.
- He dashed across the field.
To destroy by striking (against).
- I have to dash now. See you soon.
* 1897 , (Bram Stoker), (Dracula) Chapter 21
- He dashed the bottle against the bar and turned about to fight.
* 1912 : (Edgar Rice Burroughs), (Tarzan of the Apes), Chapter 4
- "`Silence! If you make a sound I shall take him and dash his brains out before your very eyes.'
To throw violently.
- Kala was the youngest mate of a male called Tublat, meaning broken nose, and the child she had seen dashed to death was her first; for she was but nine or ten years old.
* Francis Bacon
- The man was dashed from the vehicle during the accident.
To sprinkle; to splatter.
- If you dash a stone against a stone in the bottom of the water, it maketh a sound.
(of hopes or dreams) To ruin; to destroy.
- On each hand the gushing waters play, / And down the rough cascade all dashing fall.
- Her hopes were dashed when she saw the damage.
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To dishearten; to sadden.
To complete hastily, usually with down'' or ''off .
- Her thoughts were dashed to melancholy.
To draw quickly; jot.
* 1922 , (Virginia Woolf), (w, Jacob's Room) Chapter 1
- He dashed''' down his eggs'', ''she '''dashed off her homework
To throw in or on in a rapid, careless manner; to mix, reduce, or adulterate, by throwing in something of an inferior quality; to overspread partially; to bespatter; to touch here and there.
- "Scarborough," Mrs. Flanders wrote on the envelope, and dashed a bold line beneath; it was her native town; the hub of the universe.
- to dash''' wine with water; to '''dash paint upon a picture
- I take care to dash the character with such particular circumstance as may prevent ill-natured applications.
- The very source and fount of day / Is dashed with wandering isles of night.
* minus sign