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[Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and pauses,
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a punctuation mark in the form of a straight horizontal line (—). In the European writing systems, it has a space at either side.

In Russian punctuation, the dash indicates a pause between words or parts of a sentence. It is also used to emphasize intonations in written dialogue that are caused by the emotionality of utterances, and is used between a subject and predicate to replace a copula. In addition, the dash separates direct speech and introductory words from the rest of the sentence and separates coordinating conjunctions to emphasize contrast. The dash must be distinguished from the hyphen.


A flight made at a very high, or near maximum permissible, speed without taking into consideration high fuel consumption. A dash may be made in enemy territory at very low heights, ignoring high fuel consumption temporarily.
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Murphy, who was about to dash off to Warwick, added: "I hope the handicapper wasn't watching too closely, as he won't take kindly to this win, but the plan is to go summer chasing.
Maybe for Remembrance Day; on a regular basis, students will see it as a moment to scribble notes, fiddle with hair clips, dash off that overdue history essay; anything but reflect on their gratitude and obligation to the Source of life.
They have a father who loves partying and the company of all sorts of girls and a mother who will use any excuse to dash off with her Italian boyfriend to some exotic place for a couple of weeks.
And big-serving Croat Goran Ivanisevic was losing by the same score to Aussie Jason Stoltenberg when they had to dash off court.
In other words, if a reporter can stake out a drama from the front pages, sign up the participants, and then dash off a piece that will serve as a compelling synopsis--A.
RELATIONSHIPS take time and effort so, before you dash off to take your chances with the new man, try to focus on what's right with the old one.
The highlight of the night was when the curtain came down at the interval, for this enabled the long-suffering audience to dash off to the bar or, as in my case, to the nearest exit.