- To throw with violence or haste; to cause to strike violently or hastily; -- often used with against."If you dash a stone against a stone in the botton of the water, it maketh a sound." [Bacon.]
- To break, as by throwing or by collision; to shatter; to crust; to frustrate; to ruin."Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." [Ps. ii. 9.]"A brave vessel, . . . Dashed all to pieces." [Shak.]"To perplex and dash Maturest counsels." [Milton.]
- To put to shame; to confound; to confuse; to abash; to depress." Dash the proud gamester in his gilded car." [Pope.]
- 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; as, 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." [Addison.]"The very source and fount of day Is dashed with wandering isles of night." [Tennyson.]
- To form or sketch rapidly or carelessly; to execute rapidly, or with careless haste; -- with off; as, to dash off a review or sermon.
- To erase by a stroke; to strike out; knock out; -- with out; as, to dash out a word.
Etymology: Of. Scand. origin; cf. Dan daske to beat, strike, Sw. & Icel. daska, Dan. & Sw. dask blow