What does dance mean?

Definitions for dance
dæns, dɑnsdance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dance(noun)

    an artistic form of nonverbal communication

  2. dance(noun)

    a party of people assembled for dancing

  3. dancing, dance, terpsichore, saltation(noun)

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

  4. dance(verb)

    a party for social dancing

  5. dance(verb)

    move in a graceful and rhythmical way

    "The young girl danced into the room"

  6. dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe(verb)

    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. dance(verb)

    skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways

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


  1. dance(Noun)

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

  2. dance(Noun)

    A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.

  3. dance(Noun)

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

  4. dance(Noun)

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

  5. dance(Noun)

    The art, profession, and study of dancing.

  6. dance(Verb)

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

    I danced with her all night long.

  7. dance(Verb)

    To leap or move lightly and rapidly.

  8. dance(Verb)

    To perform the steps to.

    Have you ever danced the tango?

  9. Origin: 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dance(verb)

    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. Dance(verb)

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

  3. Dance(verb)

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

  4. Dance(verb)

    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. Dance(verb)

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

  6. Origin: [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.

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, Caden, caned, decan

How to pronounce dance?

  1. Alex
    US English

How to say dance in sign language?

  1. dance


  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. Marcus Tullius Cicero:

    No Sane man will dance.

  2. Debasish Mridha, M.D.:

    A smile is the dance of your soul.

  3. Lord Byron:

    On with the dance! Let joy be undefined!

  4. Mark Pollock:

    We met by learning how to dance together.

  5. Martha Graham:

    Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Images & Illustrations of dance

  1. dancedancedancedancedance

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