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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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Nearly $25,000 was raised through dasher donations, raffle ticket sales, and partner donations.
Sharjah: Wings Warriors came up with a disciplined performance to defeat Kuwait Dashers by a comfortable 58 runs and emerge champions in the inaugural Desert Premier League 2013.
Dubai Dashers beat the Cutters in an exciting fixture.
The money was raised by members of the diplomatic community who took part in an Ironman Triathlon organised by the Islamabad Dashers the other day, says a press release issued here on Tuesday.
It also is being featured in ice cream cakes and the chain's Sundae Dashers.