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dance

[dans, dahns]
verb (used without object), danced, dancing.
1.
to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music.
2.
to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy.
3.
to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond.
verb (used with object), danced, dancing.
4.
to perform or take part in (a dance): to dance a waltz.
5.
to cause to dance: He danced her around the ballroom.
6.
to cause to be in a specified condition by dancing: She danced her way to stardom.
noun
7.
a successive group of rhythmical steps or bodily motions, or both, usually executed to music.
8.
an act or round of dancing; set: May I have this dance?
9.
the art of dancing: to study dance.
10.
a social gathering or party for dancing; ball: Was he invited to the dance?
11.
a piece of music suited in rhythm or style to a particular form of dancing: He liked the composer's country dances.
12.
Animal Behavior. a stylized pattern of movements performed by an animal, as a bird in courtship display, or an insect, as a honeybee in indicating a source of nectar.
13.
the dance, ballet, interpretive dancing, and other dancing of an artistic nature performed by professional dancers before an audience.
Idioms
14.
dance attendance. attendance ( def 4 ).
15.
dance on air, Slang. to be hanged.
16.
dance to another tune, to change one's behavior, attitudes, etc.

Origin:
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English da(u)ncen < Anglo-French dancer, dauncer, Old French dancier, perhaps < Old High German *dansjan to lead (someone) to a dance; (noun) Middle English da(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French dance, derivative of dancier

dancingly, adverb
antidancing, adjective
outdance, verb (used with object), outdanced, outdancing.
undancing, adjective
well-danced, adjective


2. cavort, caper, frolic, gambol, prance.
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dance (dɑːns)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to move the feet and body rhythmically, esp in time to music
2.  (tr) to perform (a particular dance)
3.  (intr) to skip or leap, as in joy, etc
4.  to move or cause to move in a light rhythmic way
5.  dance attendance on someone to attend someone solicitously or obsequiously
 
n
6.  a series of rhythmic steps and movements, usually in time to musicRelated: Terpsichorean
7.  an act of dancing
8.  a.  a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball
 b.  (as modifier): a dance hall
9.  a piece of music in the rhythm of a particular dance form, such as a waltz
10.  short for dance music
11.  dancelike movements made by some insects and birds, esp as part of a behaviour pattern
12.  informal (Brit) lead someone a dance to cause someone continued worry and exasperation; play up
 
Related: Terpsichorean
 
[C13: from Old French dancier]
 
'danceable
 
adj
 
'dancer
 
n
 
'dancing
 
n, —adj

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Word Origin & History

dance
c.1300, from O.Fr. dancier, perhaps from Frankish. A word of uncertain origin but which, through French influence in arts and society, has become the primary word for this activity from Spain to Russia. Replaced O.E. sealtian. Related: Dancer (mid-15c.).
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Dance definition


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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