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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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DOCTOR Who star John Barrowman kilted up to wed his gay lover yesterday before dashing off to appear in panto.
She fell asleep in the airport and almost missed her plane before dashing off to catch a flight.
IT'S a case of sip me up before you go-go as George Michael enjoys a quick tipple before dashing off to Paris for a gig.
Sylla, 26, spent just a few precious moments with his baby boy and girlfriend Julie before dashing off to Celtic's Barrowfield base.
Hugging wife Jill he said: "We're not the sort of people who go dashing off all over the world.
Before reluctantly dashing off home to attend to his daughter, Chloe types her number into his phone and kisses him.
Having pretty much exhausted all homegrown craft ideas for the holiday season, she'll also be dashing off to Norway in search of fresh Scandinavian inspiration.
A normal day might see Stacey leading a lunchtime football session at a school, before dashing off to run a dodgeball class with young teens, or a keep-fit session for local mums.
It was a privilege to be involved and Paolo di Canio (left) deserves special praise for flying over in the morning, playing 45 minutes then dashing off for a return flight to Italy.
Eugene dropped in to talk to the pupils about good behaviour and education, and to give a demonstration of his basketball skills, before dashing off to Birmingham Children's Hospital.