is a graphics directive which specifies that lines which follow are to be drawn dashed, with successive segments having absolute lengths d1, d2, (repeated cyclically).


is equivalent to AbsoluteDashing[{d,d}].


offsets the dashes by offset.


sets the CapForm for individual dashes to capform.


  • Dash and offset lengths are measured in units of printer's points, equal before magnification to of an inch.
  • AbsoluteDashing[{}] specifies that lines should be solid. »
  • AbsoluteDashing can be used in both two- and three-dimensional graphics, as well as in Style specifications.
  • The following symbolic forms for d can be used: Tiny, Small, Medium, and Large. »
  • If a segment has a length di specified as 0, it is drawn as a dot whose diameter is the thickness of the line.
  • offset is specified in printer's points, and it may be positive or negative. If offset is not specified, it is 0.
  • capform can take any of the legal form values in CapForm[form]. If not specified, all segments will be drawn with the "Butt" cap form.


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Basic Examples  (3)

Specify the dashing of lines as successive segments with lengths in printer's points:

Use Dashed, Dotted, and DotDashed to specify predefined absolute dashings:

Scope  (4)

Dashing Specifications  (4)

No dashing:

AbsoluteDashing[d] is equivalent to AbsoluteDashing[{d,d}]:

Symbolic values for predefined absolute dashings:

Specify offset to dashed segments:

Specify caps to dashed segments:

Properties & Relations  (3)

AbsoluteDashing defines the length of a segment in units of printer's points:

AbsoluteDashing is independent of the image size:

Dashing defines the length of a segment as a fraction of the total width of the graphic:

Dashing depends on the image size:

AbsoluteDashing overrides the CapForm directive:

Specify the third argument to Dashing to set a cap form for all dashes:

Possible Issues  (1)

Line caps add to the length of individual dashes and may cause closely spaced dashes to overlap:

Neat Examples  (1)

Vary the offset for dashed rays out of the origin:

Wolfram Research (1991), AbsoluteDashing, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/AbsoluteDashing.html (updated 2007).


Wolfram Research (1991), AbsoluteDashing, Wolfram Language function, https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/AbsoluteDashing.html (updated 2007).


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Wolfram Language. 1991. "AbsoluteDashing." Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Wolfram Research. Last Modified 2007. https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/AbsoluteDashing.html.


Wolfram Language. (1991). AbsoluteDashing. Wolfram Language & System Documentation Center. Retrieved from https://reference.wolfram.com/language/ref/AbsoluteDashing.html