waltz

[wawlts]
noun
1.
a ballroom dance, in moderately fast triple meter, in which the dancers revolve in perpetual circles, taking one step to each beat.
2.
a piece of music for, or in the rhythm of, this dance.
3.
Informal. an easy victory or accomplishment: The game was a waltz—we won by four touchdowns. The math exam was a waltz.
adjective
4.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the waltz, as music, rhythm, or dance: waltz tempo.
verb (used without object)
5.
to dance or move in a waltz step or rhythm: an invitation to waltz.
6.
Informal.
a.
to move breezily or casually: to waltz in late for dinner.
b.
to progress easily or successfully (often followed by through ): to waltz through an exam.
verb (used with object)
7.
to lead (a partner) in dancing a waltz.
8.
Informal. to move or lead briskly and easily: He waltzed us right into the governor's office.
9.
to fill (a period of time) with waltzing (often followed by away, through, etc.): They waltzed the night away.

Origin:
1775–85; back formation from German Walzer a waltz (taken as walz + -er1), derivative of walzen to roll, dance; compare obsolete English walt unsteady, dial. walter to roll

waltzer, noun
waltzlike, adjective
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waltz (wɔːls)
 
n
1.  a ballroom dance in triple time in which couples spin around as they progress round the room
2.  a piece of music composed for or in the rhythm of this dance
 
vb
3.  to dance or lead (someone) in or as in a waltz: he waltzed her off her feet
4.  (intr) to move in a sprightly and self-assured manner
5.  informal (intr) to succeed easily
 
[C18: from German Walzer, from Middle High German walzen to roll; compare welter]
 
'waltzlike
 
adj

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waltz
dance performed to music in triple time, 1781, from Ger. Waltzer, from walzen "to roll, dance," from O.H.G. walzan "to turn, roll," from P.Gmc. *walt- (cf. O.N. velta), from PIE base *wel- "to turn, revolve" (see vulva). Described in 1825 as "a riotous and indecent German
dance." The verb is from 1794; meaning "to move nimbly" is recorded from 1862.
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Used for waltzes, minuets, scherzi, and country & western ballads.
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