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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.

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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.
An Illustrated Dictionary of Aviation Copyright © 2005 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved

Amazon Dash

Virtual or physical buttons from Amazon that initiate an order to Amazon.com. Introduced in 2015 as part of the Amazon Prime membership and designed to make replenishing common household items easier, Dash buttons are programmed by the user to order a product. A number of staples including soap, paper products, diapers and soft drinks were selected for the initial service.

The Dash Replenishment Service (DRS)
Dash buttons let vendors create easy product reordering for their customers. See Amazon Echo and AmazonFresh.

Press, Click or Tap the Dash Button
A physical button (top) can be placed on or near an appliance; however, users must confirm orders to keep children from making purchases. Virtual buttons (bottom) are added to a user's Amazon Web page or mobile app. (Images courtesy of Amazon.com.)

Press, Click or Tap the Dash Button
A physical button (top) can be placed on or near an appliance; however, users must confirm orders to keep children from making purchases. Virtual buttons (bottom) are added to a user's Amazon Web page or mobile app. (Images courtesy of Amazon.com.)


(1) See Mac Dashboard.

(2) A software-based control panel for one or more applications, network devices or industrial machines. Dashboards may display simulated gauges and dials that look like an automobile dashboard or a factory assembly line, or they may show business graphics such as pie charts, bar charts and graphs. An executive dashboard provides managers with an overview of the business, summarizing all pertinent data in one or two screens. The term may also be used to refer to any control panel application. See HMI.

(3) (Dashboard) An earlier Windows utility from Starfish Software that provided a centralized control panel for launching applications, finding files and viewing system resources. Originally developed by HP, it was later acquired by Starfish, a subsidiary of Nokia.
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The former B&H Masters winner then dashed off to play for Pensarn in the Carmarthen League last night.
Super-trouper Paul dashed off stage, doused his head in water - and then went back on stage to finish his strip.
noticed Moore's appointment at DZ, he dashed off a sweet "congratulations to `our Donna'" letter--even though she hadn't worked there for a decade.
The former works are like throwaways, dashed off in a series of gestures and strokes that emphasize the idea of process as an immediate rather than an attenuated activity.
"Considering Great Britain has suffered at least 20 times the naval losses of your fleet in the Mediterranean and has been fighting the Italians since June 1940, we had hoped to be consulted or at least informed beforehand." He dashed off this protest to Roosevelt--and then, doubtless with a sigh, went back and carefully deleted it from his message.
Alik dashed off to get a new one, adding: "Waiting at US Embassy for an emergency passport...
Not a single word to the audience, less than two hours on stage, and Brown-Eyed Girl, his best known number, dashed off with all the energy of Rip Van Winkle.
The 27-year-old was praised earlier this month, when she dashed off to put out a fire at an apartment block while topless.
Brown explained: ``It dashed off with the bait and almost pulled me into the water; it was very exciting and took me more than 20 minutes to bring in.''
JAMIE SPENCER also dashed off to Ascot, after winning the mile conditions event on Red To Violet.
The music was simply dashed off by the organ tuner to celebrate the end of a hard week's work.
But unimpressed Luciana dashed off for a glass of red wine.