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Meaning of DANCE

Pronunciation:  dans

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  2. [n]  an artistic form of nonverbal communication
  3. [n]  a party for social dancing
  4. [n]  a party of people assembled for dancing
  5. [v]  move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; "My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
  6. [v]  move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
  7. [v]  skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"

DANCE is a 5 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: dancing, saltation, terpsichore, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
 See Also: art, ball, ball, barn dance, bebop, belly dance, bop, break, break dance, break dance, break dancing, break-dance, bump, cakewalk, capriole, ceremonial dance, chasse, choreography, choreography, clog, conga, contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country-dance, diversion, duet, fine art, folk dance, foxtrot, glissade, grind, heel, hoof, hoofing, hop, jig, jitterbug, jive, kick, mosh, move, move, nauch, nautch, nautch dance, party, party, pas de deux, pas seul, pavan, pavane, quickstep, rave, record hop, recreation, rhumba, ritual dance, ritual dancing, samba, saraband, shag, shimmy, skank, slam, slam dance, slam dance, slam dancing, social dancing, square dance, stage dancing, step, step dancing, tango, tap, tap dance, tapdance, thrash, toe dance, toe dancing, twist, variation, waltz, waltz around



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dance\ (d[.a]ns), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Danced}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Dancing}.] [F. danser, fr. OHG. dans[=o]n to draw;
    akin to dinsan to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the
    same root (meaning to stretch) as E. thin. See {Thin}.]
    1. To move with measured steps, or to a musical
       accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company
       with others, with a regulated succession of movements,
       (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap
             Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither.
             Good shepherd, what fair swain is this Which dances
             with your daughter?                   --Shak.
    2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion;
       to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
             Then, 'tis time to dance off.         --Thackeray.
             More dances my rapt heart Than when I first my
             wedded mistress saw.                  --Shak.
             Shadows in the glassy waters dance.   --Byron.
             Where rivulets dance their wayward round.
    {To dance on a rope}, or {To dance on nothing}, to be hanged.
  2. \Dance\, v. t.
    To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and
    down; to dandle.
          To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind. --Shak.
          Thy grandsire loved thee well; Many a time he danced
          thee on his knee.                        --Shak.
    {To dance attendance}, to come and go obsequiously; to be or
       remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a
       view to please or gain favor.
             A man of his place, and so near our favor, To dance
             attendance on their lordships' pleasure. --Shak.
  3. \Dance\, n. [F. danse, of German origin. See {Dance}, v.
    1. The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who
       dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the
       persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord
       with music.
    2. (Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the
       minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
    Note: The word dance was used ironically, by the older
          writers, of many proceedings besides dancing.
                Of remedies of love she knew parchance For of
                that art she couth the olde dance. --Chaucer.
    {Dance of Death} (Art), an allegorical representation of the
       power of death over all, -- the old, the young, the high,
       and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton.
    {Morris dance}. See {Morris}.
    {To lead one a dance}, to cause one to go through a series of
       movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a
       dance not understood.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are dancing means freedom from constraints and harmony/balance with yourself. You are working in cooperation with yourself. It also represents frivolity, happiness, gracefulness, sensuality and sexual desires. Alternatively, it may signify intimacy and a union of the masculine and feminine aspects of yourself. Dreaming that you are attending or going to a dance indicates a celebration and your attempts to achieve happiness. Consider the phrase the "dance of life" which suggests creation, ecstasy, and going with what life has to offer you. Seeing children dancing in your dream means that you will have a comfortable home, and healthy, well-behaved children in the future. Seeing ritualistic dancing in your dream indicates your need to get in touch with the spirit within..
Easton Bible Dictionary

found in Judg. 21:21, 23; Ps. 30:11; 149:3; 150:4; Jer. 31:4, 13, etc., as the translation of _hul_, which points to the whirling motion of Oriental sacred dances. It is the rendering of a word (rakad') which means to skip or leap for joy, in Eccl. 3:4; Job 21:11; Isa. 13:21, etc.

In the New Testament it is in like manner the translation of different Greek words, circular motion (Luke 15:25); leaping up and down in concert (Matt. 11:17), and by a single person (Matt. 14:6).

It is spoken of as symbolical of rejoicing (Eccl. 3:4. Comp. Ps. 30:11; Matt. 11: 17). The Hebrews had their sacred dances expressive of joy and thanksgiving, when the performers were usually females (Ex. 15:20; 1 Sam. 18:6).

The ancient dance was very different from that common among Western nations. It was usually the part of the women only (Ex. 15:20; Judg. 11:34; comp. 5:1). Hence the peculiarity of David's conduct in dancing before the ark of the Lord (2 Sam. 6:14). The women took part in it with their timbrels. Michal should, in accordance with the example of Miriam and others, have herself led the female choir, instead of keeping aloof on the occasion and "looking through the window." David led the choir "uncovered", i.e., wearing only the ephod or linen tunic. He thought only of the honour of God, and forgot himself.

From being reserved for occasions of religious worship and festivity, it came gradually to be practised in common life on occasions of rejoicing (Jer. 31:4). The sexes among the Jews always danced separately. The daughter of Herodias danced alone (Matt. 14:6).

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