1 [trans, trahns]
a half-conscious state, seemingly between sleeping and waking, in which ability to function voluntarily may be suspended.
a dazed or bewildered condition.
a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing.
an unconscious, cataleptic, or hypnotic condition.
Spiritualism. a temporary state in which a medium, with suspension of personal consciousness, is controlled by an intelligence from without and used as a means of communication, as from the dead.
verb (used with object), tranced, trancing.
to put in a trance; stupefy.
to entrance; enrapture.

1300–50; Middle English traunce state of extreme dread, swoon, dazed state < Middle French transe literally, passage (from life to death), derivative of transir to go across, pass over < Latin trānsīre, equivalent to trāns- trans- + īre to go

trancedly [transt-lee, tran-sid-lee] , adverb
trancelike, adjective Unabridged


2 [trahns] , Scot.
a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.
verb (used without object), tranced, trancing.
to move or walk rapidly or briskly.
Also, transe.

1325–75; Middle English (v.); origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
trance (trɑːns)
1.  a hypnotic state resembling sleep
2.  any mental state in which a person is unaware or apparently unaware of the environment, characterized by loss of voluntary movement, rigidity, and lack of sensitivity to external stimuli
3.  a dazed or stunned state
4.  a state of ecstasy or mystic absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level
5.  spiritualism a state in which a medium, having temporarily lost consciousness, can supposedly be controlled by an intelligence from without as a means of communication with the dead
6.  a type of electronic dance music with repetitive rhythms, aiming at a hypnotic effect
7.  (tr) to put into or as into a trance
[C14: from Old French transe, from transir to faint, pass away, from Latin trānsīre to go over, from trans- + īre to go]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "state of extreme dread or suspense," also "a dazed, half-conscious or insensible condition," from O.Fr. transe "fear of coming evil," originally "passage from life to death" (12c.), from transir "be numb with fear," originally "die, pass on," from L. transire "cross over" (see
transient). Fr. trance in its modern sense has been reborrowed from English.
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Medical Dictionary

trance (trāns)
An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.

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Bible Dictionary

Trance definition

(Gr. ekstasis, from which the word "ecstasy" is derived) denotes the state of one who is "out of himself." Such were the trances of Peter and Paul, Acts 10:10; 11:5; 22:17, ecstasies, "a preternatural, absorbed state of mind preparing for the reception of the vision", (comp. 2 Cor. 12:1-4). In Mark 5:42 and Luke 5:26 the Greek word is rendered "astonishment," "amazement" (comp. Mark 16:8; Acts 3:10).

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Example sentences
She had the audience captivated in a state of complete trance.
It is reasonable to suspect that the drug imitates the same altered state as
  meditation, trance or deep prayer.
But while he's in that trance state, he should also be reasonably suggestible.
Frequently he catches people in the strange trance state that freeway driving
  induces or glancing idly at the cars around them.
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