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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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SOCCER-mad bridegroom Nathan Jackson broke his arm on his wedding day after dashing off to play in a cup final.
On March 21, he will be dashing off to Santa Anita for the USA/European jockeys' competition.
He's on the prowl for odd bits of arcana, both scholarly and scabrous, as well as fresh dish - dashing off, for instance, to Marbach, Germany, to consult the journals of the early-twentieth-century avant-garde patron Count Harry Kessler.
DeMille, dashing off scenarios remarkably evocative of her later work.
There is no dashing off the assembly line, out of the restaurant, away from the office cubicle for impromptu class plays or ice-skating lessons.
Nobody can have new ideas all the time, and Drucker, who is 76 years old, shouldn't have jeopardized the stature of his earlier works by dashing off Innovation and Enterpreneurship.
Before reluctantly dashing off home to attend to his daughter, Chloe types her number into his phone and kisses him.