8. (Mus.) (a) The sign of staccato, a small mark [] denoting that the note over which it is placed is to be performed in a short, distinct manner. (b) The line drawn through a figure in the thorough bass, as a direction to raise the interval a semitone.

9. (Racing) A short, spirited effort or trial of speed upon a race course; — used in horse racing, when a single trial constitutes the race.

(Dash"board`) n.

1. A board placed on the fore part of a carriage, sleigh, or other vehicle, to intercept water, mud, or snow, thrown up by the heels of the horses; — in England commonly called splashboard.

2. (Naut.) (a) The float of a paddle wheel. (b) A screen at the bow af a steam launch to keep off the spray; — called also sprayboard.

(Dash"er) n.

1. That which dashes or agitates; as, the dasher of a churn.

2. A dashboard or splashboard. [U. S.]

3. One who makes an ostentatious parade. [Low]

(Dash"ing), a. Bold; spirited; showy.

The dashing and daring spirit is preferable to the listless.
T. Campbell.

(Dash"ing*ly), adv. Conspicuously; showily. [Colloq.]

A dashingly dressed gentleman.

(Dash"ism) n. The character of making ostentatious or blustering parade or show. [R. & Colloq.]

He must fight a duel before his claim to . . . dashism can be universally allowed.
V. Knox.

(Dash"pot`) n. (Mach.) A pneumatic or hydraulic cushion for a falling weight, as in the valve gear of a steam engine, to prevent shock.

It consists of a chamber, containing air or a liquid, in which a piston attached to the weight, falls freely until it enters a space (as below the openings, b) from which the air or liquid can escape but slowly when its fall is gradually checked.

A cataract of an engine is sometimes called a dashpot.

(Dash"y) a. [From Dash.] Calculated to arrest attention; ostentatiously fashionable; showy. [Colloq.]

(Das"tard) n. [Prob. from Icel. dæstr exhausted. breathless, p. p. of dæsa to groan, lose one's breath; cf. dasask to become exhausted, and E. daze.] One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon.

You are all recreants and dashtards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility.

(Das"tard), a. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly. "Their dastard souls." Addison.

(Das"tard), v. t. To dastardize. [R.] Dryden.

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