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Dance definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

D'ANCE, v.i.
1. Primarily, to leap or spring; hence, to leap or move with measured steps, regulated by a tune, sung or played on a musical instrument; to leap or step with graceful motions of the body, corresponding with the sound of the voice or an instrument.
There is a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
Ecclesiastes 3
2. To leap and frisk about; to move nimbly or up and down.
To dance attendance, to wait with obsequiousness; to strive to please and gain favor by assiduous attentions and officious civilities; as, to dance attendance at court.
D'ANCE, v.t. To make to dance; to move up and down, or back and forth; to dandle; as, to dance a child on the knee.
D'ANCE, n.
1. In general sense, a leaping and frisking about. Appropriately, a leaping or stepping with motions of the body adjusted to the measure of a tune, particularly by two or more in concert. A lively brisk exercise or amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figure, and by the sound of instruments, in measure.
2. A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an artistic form of nonverbal communication
2: a party of people assembled for dancing
3: taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music [syn: dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation]
4: a party for social dancing v
1: move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
2: 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" [syn: dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe]
3: skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"

Merriam Webster's

I. verb (danced; dancing) Etymology: Middle English dauncen, from Anglo-French dancer Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. to engage in or perform a dance 2. to move or seem to move up and down or about in a quick or lively manner transitive verb 1. to perform or take part in as a dancer 2. to cause to dance 3. to bring into a specified condition by dancing • danceable adjective • dancer noun II. noun Usage: often attributive Date: 14th century 1. an act or instance of dancing 2. a series of rhythmic and patterned bodily movements usually performed to music 3. a social gathering for dancing 4. a piece of music by which dancing may be guided 5. the art of dancing

Britannica Concise

Form of expression that uses bodily movements that are rhythmic, patterned (or sometimes improvised), and usually accompanied by music. One of the oldest art forms, dance is found in every culture and is performed for purposes ranging from the ceremonial, liturgical, and magical to the theatrical, social, and simply aesthetic. Primitive dances often evolved into folk dances, which became stylized in the social dances of the 16th-cent. European courts. Ballet developed from the court dances and became refined by innovations in choreography and technique. In the 20th cent., modern dance introduced a new mode of expressive movement. See also allemande, ballroom dance, country dance, courante, gavotte, gigue, hula, jitterbug, lä ndler, mazurka, merengue, minuet, morris dance, pavane, polka, polonaise, quadrille, samba, sarabande, square dance, sword dance, tango, tap dance, waltz.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v. & n. --v. 1 intr. move about rhythmically alone or with a partner or in a set, usu. in fixed steps or sequences to music, for pleasure or as entertainment. 2 intr. move in a lively way; skip or jump about. 3 tr. a perform (a specified dance or form of dancing). b perform (a specified role) in a ballet etc. 4 intr. move up and down (on water, in the field of vision, etc.). 5 tr. move (esp. a child) up and down; dandle. --n. 1 a a piece of dancing; a sequence of steps in dancing. b a special form of this. 2 a single round or turn of a dance. 3 a social gathering for dancing, a ball. 4 a piece of music for dancing to or in a dance rhythm. 5 a dancing or lively motion. Phrases and idioms: dance attendance on follow or wait on (a person) obsequiously. dance of death a medieval dance in which a personified Death is represented as leading all to the grave. dance to a person's tune accede obsequiously to a person's demands and wishes. lead a person a dance (or merry dance) Brit. cause a person much trouble in following a course one has instigated. Derivatives: danceable adj. Etymology: ME f. OF dance, danse (n.), dancer, danser (v.), f. Rmc, of unkn. orig.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dance 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dance 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 rhythmically. 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. --Wordsworth. To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Dance Dance, n. [F. danse, of German origin. See Dance, v. i.] 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.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(dances, dancing, danced) Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English. 1. When you dance, you move your body and feet in a way which follows a rhythm, usually in time to music. Polly had never learned to dance... I like to dance to the music on the radio. VERB: V, V to n 2. A dance is a particular series of graceful movements of your body and feet, which you usually do in time to music. Sometimes the people doing this dance hold brightly colored scarves... She describes the tango as a very sexy dance. N-COUNT 3. When you dance with someone, the two of you take part in a dance together, as partners. You can also say that two people dance. It's a terrible thing when nobody wants to dance with you... Shall we dance?... He asked her to dance. V-RECIP: V with n, pl-n V, V (non-recip) • Dance is also a noun. Come and have a dance with me. N-COUNT 4. A dance is a social event where people dance with each other. ...the school dance. N-COUNT 5. Dance is the activity of performing dances, as a public entertainment or an art form. She loves dance, drama and music... ...dance classes. 6. If you dance a particular kind of dance, you do it or perform it. Then we put the music on, and we all danced the Charleston... VERB: V n 7. If you dance somewhere, you move there lightly and quickly, usually because you are happy or excited. (LITERARY) He danced off down the road... VERB: V adv/prep 8. If you say that something dances, you mean that it moves about, or seems to move about, lightly and quickly. (LITERARY) Light danced on the surface of the water... VERB: V adv/prep 9. to dance to someone's tune: see tune to make a song and dance about: see song and dance

Easton's 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).

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. Measured movement, figured and rhythmic motion, "poetry of motion." II. v. n. 1. Step rhythmically, move to music, take part in a dance. 2. Frisk, caper, hop about. III. v. a. Dandle, toss up and down.

Foolish Dictionary

A brisk, physical exercise, invented by St. Vitus.

Moby Thesaurus

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