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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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After hosting a fashion segment on This Morning, the 26-year-old WAG dashed off to a London riding stables for a modelling shoot.
We spread it on their climbing frame and as soon as Tschuna tried it she dashed off to the water bowl to get rid of the taste, but Daseep stayed there for ages licking it all off.
A FATHER-of-six escaped going to jail for drink driving when he dashed off on a family emergency.
He kicked off with a subdued version of the Roses' Elizabeth My Dear, charmed the lairy crowd by leading on a bagpiper to play Flower Of Scotland, then dashed off a sublime greatest hits set.
HANA, Hawaii - When the Travel Channel's silly Travel Spies recently descended on the Hotel Hana-Maui for an episode, they ordered an in-room luau on short notice, called housekeeping for the delivery of 20 pillows and dashed off at dawn to some tourist activity on the other side of the island.
The thief grabbed a purse from the car roof and dashed off with another man towards the Headlands area.
5lband was enjoying himself in the fading light when the specimen chub struck and dashed off in the strong current.
FORMER finalist Matthew Stevens reached the last 16 of the Embassy World Championship in Sheffield yesterday morning and then dashed off to play in a local league match.
JAMIE SPENCER also dashed off to Ascot, after winning the mile conditions event on Red To Violet.
They all rushed out at the normal time in a state of panic and dashed off to work.
That double left Woody just two behind Peter Scudamore's all-time record of 1,678 wins before he dashed off to Newbury to ride in the last race there.
Breakfast show DJ Mark Radcliffe drank a toast to his marriage - then dashed off to meet his new bride.