What does DANCE mean?

Definitions for DANCE
dæns, dɑnsdance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dancenoun

    an artistic form of nonverbal communication

  2. dancenoun

    a party of people assembled for dancing

  3. dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltationnoun

    taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

  4. danceverb

    a party for social dancing

  5. danceverb

    move in a graceful and rhythmical way

    "The young girl danced into the room"

  6. dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toeverb

    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"

  7. danceverb

    skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways

    "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"


  1. dancenoun

    A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.

  2. dancenoun

    A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.

  3. dancenoun

    A fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.

  4. dancenoun

    A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.

  5. dancenoun

    The art, profession, and study of dancing.

  6. danceverb

    To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.

    I danced with her all night long.

  7. danceverb

    To leap or move lightly and rapidly.

  8. danceverb

    To perform the steps to.

    Have you ever danced the tango?

  9. Etymology: daunsen, from dancer (compare dancier), from (compare danson), from (compare Old Dutch þinsan, Old High German dinsan, 03380339033D03430330033D, from þansōnan, from þinsanan, from ten-s. See thin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dancenoun

    A motion of one or many in concert, regulated by musick.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Our dance of custom, round about the oak of Herne the hunter. William Shakespeare, Merry Wives of Windsor.

    The honourablest part of talk is to give the occasion, and again to moderate and pass to somewhat else; for then a man leads the dance. Francis Bacon, Essay 33.

    But you perhaps expect a modish feast,
    With am’rous songs and wanton dances grac’d. John Dryden, Juv.

  2. To Danceverb

    Thy grandsire lov’d thee well;
    Many a time he danc’d thee on his knee. William Shakespeare, Tit. Andron.

    That I see thee here,
    Thou noble thing! more dances my rapt’ heart,
    Than when I first my wedded mistress saw
    Bestride my threshold. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    In pestilences the malignity of the infecting vapour danceth the principal spirits. Francis Bacon, Natural History, №. 333.

  3. To DANCEverb

    Etymology: danser, Fr. dançar, Span. as some think from tanza, Arabick, a dance; as Franciscus Junius, who loves to derive from Greek, thinks, from δόνησις.

    What say you to young Mr. Fenton? He capers, he dances, he has eyes of youth, he writes verses. William Shakespeare, Mer. W. of Winds.


  1. Dance

    Dance is a sport form consisting of sequences of movement with aesthetic and often symbolic value, either improvised or purposefully selected. Dance can be categorized and described by its choreography, by its repertoire of movements, or by its historical period or place of origin.An important distinction is to be drawn between the contexts of theatrical and participatory dance, although these two categories are not always completely separate; both may have special functions, whether social, ceremonial, competitive, erotic, martial, or sacred/liturgical. Other forms of human movement are sometimes said to have a dance-like quality, including martial arts, gymnastics, cheerleading, figure skating, synchronized swimming, marching bands, and many other forms of athletics. Dance is not solely restricted to performance, though, as dance is used as a form of exercise and occasionally training for other sports and activities. Dance itself has also become a sport for some, with dancing competitions found across the world exhibiting various different styles and standards. Dance requires an equal amount of cognitive focus as well as physical strength. The demanding yet evolving art-form allows individuals to express themselves creatively through movement, while enabling them to adapt movement that possesses a rhythmical pattern and fluid motions that allure to an audience either onstage or on film. Dance is considered to be a very aesthetically pleasing art-form.


  1. dance

    Dance is a performing art form that involves rhythmic movements of the body, typically to music, with the purpose of expressing emotions, conveying stories, or simply providing entertainment. It is a physical activity that requires coordination, skill, and creativity, and can take various forms such as ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, folk, or cultural dances specific to certain regions or communities. Dance is often accompanied by choreography, which is the arrangement and composition of movements in a systematic way to create a complete dance performance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Danceverb

    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

  2. Danceverb

    to move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about

  3. Danceverb

    to cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle

  4. Danceverb

    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

  5. Danceverb

    a tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc

  6. Etymology: [F. danser, fr. OHG. dansn to draw; akin to dinsan to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the same root (meaning to stretch) as E. thin. See Thin.]


  1. Dance

    Dance is a type of art that generally involves movement of the body, often rhythmic and to music. It is performed in many cultures as a form of emotional expression, social interaction, or exercise, in a spiritual or performance setting, and is sometimes used to express ideas or tell a story. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans or other animals, as in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as a mating dances. Definitions of what constitutes dance can depend on social and cultural norms and aesthetic, artistic and moral sensibilities. Definitions may range from functional movement to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Martial arts kata are often compared to dances, and sports such as gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are generally thought to incorporate dance. There are many styles and genres of dance. African dance is interpretative. Ballet, ballroom and tango are classical dance styles. Square dance and electric slide are forms of step dance, and breakdancing is a type of street dance. Dance can be participatory, social, or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gestural vocabulary or symbolic meaning as in some Asian dances.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dance

    dans, v.i. to move with measured steps to music: to spring.—v.t. to make to dance or jump.—n. the movement of one or more persons with measured steps to music: the tune to which dancing is performed.—ns. Dance′-mū′sic, music specially arranged for accompanying dancing; Danc′er, one who practises dancing; Danc′ing, the act or art of moving in the dance; Danc′ing-girl, a professional dancer; Danc′ing-mas′ter, a teacher of dancing.—Dance a bear (obs.), to exhibit a performing bear; Dance attendance, to wait obsequiously; Dance of death, a series of allegorical paintings symbolising the universal power of death, represented as a skeleton; Dance upon nothing, to be hanged.—Lead a person a dance, to set him on an undertaking under false hopes: to delude.—Merry dancers, the aurora. [O. Fr. danser, from Teut.; Old High Ger. danson, to draw along.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. DANCE

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

Editors Contribution

  1. dance

    To move our body to the rhythm of music.

    We love to dance to our favourite music.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 1, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. DANCE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Dance is ranked #11073 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Dance surname appeared 2,869 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Dance.

    65.8% or 1,889 total occurrences were White.
    26% or 747 total occurrences were Black.
    3.2% or 93 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2.2% or 63 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.4% or 42 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1.2% or 35 total occurrences were Asian.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DANCE' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3378

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DANCE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3034

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DANCE' in Nouns Frequency: #1241

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DANCE' in Verbs Frequency: #505

Anagrams for DANCE »

  1. acned

  2. Caden

  3. caned

  4. decan

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of DANCE in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of DANCE in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of DANCE in a Sentence

  1. William W. Purkey:

    Dance like nobody's watching Love like you've never been hurt Sing like nobody's listening Live like it's heaven on earth

  2. Kim Zolciak:

    I don't really care about things that aren't important at the moment, and at the moment for me, the priority was Tamar's health and the situation, i'm not trying to hear critique on a dance that was done with her half-conscious and caused her to be in the emergency room at the moment. For me, that's not what is important. I'm just happy that she was all right and she was able to come back and finish out the show. She's a trouper.

  3. Ernest Hemingway:

    The age demanded that we dance and jammed us into iron pants. And in the end the age was handed the sort of shit that it demanded.

  4. Michelle Starkey:

    I don’t always feel pretty and I don’t always get to dress up, so that was really fun to go and get dressed up, i got meet some new friends who danced with me in my wheelchair on the dance floor.

  5. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Sometimes in life, confusion tends to arise and only dialogue of dance seems to make sense

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