What does trance mean?

Definitions for trance
træns, trɑnstrance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word trance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. enchantment, spell, trancenoun

    a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation

  2. tranceverb

    a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep

  3. capture, enamour, trance, catch, becharm, enamor, captivate, beguile, charm, fascinate, bewitch, entrance, enchantverb

    attract; cause to be enamored

    "She captured all the men's hearts"


  1. trancenoun

    A dazed or unconscious condition.

  2. trancenoun

    (consciousness) A state of concentration, awareness and/or focus that filters information and experience; e.g. meditation, possession, etc.

  3. trancenoun

    (psychology) A state of low response to stimulus and diminished, narrow attention.

  4. trancenoun

    (psychology) The previous state induced by hypnosis.

  5. trancenoun

    Trance music, a genre of electronic dance music.

  6. Etymology: From traunce, from transe, from transir, from transeo

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. TRANCEnoun

    An extasy; a state in which the soul is rapt into visions of future or distant things; a temporary absence of the soul from the body.

    Etymology: transe, Fr. transitus, Lat. It might therefore be written transe.

    Gynecia had been in such a trance of musing, that Zelmane was fighting with the lion before she knew of any lion’s coming. Philip Sidney, b. i.

    Rapt with joy resembling heavenly madness,
    My soul was ravisht quite as in a trance. Edmund Spenser, Sonnet.

    Abstract as in a trance methought I saw. John Milton.

    Sudden he starts,
    Shook from his tender trance. James Thomson, Spring.


  1. Trance

    Trance is a state of semi-consciousness in which a person is not self-aware and is either altogether unresponsive to external stimuli (but nevertheless capable of pursuing and realizing an aim) or is selectively responsive in following the directions of the person (if any) who has induced the trance. Trance states may occur involuntarily and unbidden. The term trance may be associated with hypnosis, meditation, magic, flow, prayer, and altered states of consciousness.


  1. trance

    Trance is a state of mind or state of consciousness characterized by reduced awareness of surrounding environment, heightened focus, and often accompanied by vivid fantasies or sensory perceptions. It can be achieved through deep meditation, hypnosis, spirituality, or the influence of drugs. In some cultures, trances are associated with mystical or religious experiences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Trancenoun

    a tedious journey

  2. Trancenoun

    a state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being, or to be rapt into visions; an ecstasy

  3. Trancenoun

    a condition, often simulating death, in which there is a total suspension of the power of voluntary movement, with abolition of all evidences of mental activity and the reduction to a minimum of all the vital functions so that the patient lies still and apparently unconscious of surrounding objects, while the pulsation of the heart and the breathing, although still present, are almost or altogether imperceptible

  4. Tranceverb

    to entrance

  5. Tranceverb

    to pass over or across; to traverse

  6. Tranceverb

    to pass; to travel


  1. Trance

    Trance is a fictional character appearing in comic books published by the Marvel Comics. A mutant, Hope attended the Xavier Institute before its closing. She retained her powers after M-Day and is a member of the X-Men's training squad.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Trance

    trans, n. a morbid sleep, differing from natural repose in duration, in profound insensibility, &c.—the concomitant or symptom of diseases of the nervous system, particularly hysteria: catalepsy.—adv. Tranced (Shak.), lying in a trance or ecstasy.—adv. Tranc′edly. [Fr. transe—L. transitumtrans-īre, to go across, in Late L. to die.]

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Trance is ranked #142108 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Trance surname appeared 117 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Trance.

    48.7% or 57 total occurrences were White.
    40.1% or 47 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.4% or 11 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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Anagrams for trance »

  1. canter

  2. cretan

  3. tanrec

  4. creant

  5. nectar

  6. recant

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of trance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of trance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of trance in a Sentence

  1. Rooma Mehra:

    Nature’s serenity is there for us to see, hear and feel in the majesty of the mountains, the vastness of the sea, the whisper of the whistling wind, the incredible scent-of-a-quenched-happy-earth after rain.. it makes my heart glow with a happiness unparalleled by any other joy… sends my tired senses into a meditative trance.. the earth is a kaleidoscope of dreamscapes.

  2. Rachel Rattner:

    She made me get out of the driver's seat and sit in the passenger seat, because she didn't want me to one day sit in the driver's seat and go into a trance.

  3. Mehdi Rajabian:

    This piece is the narrator of a human body that no longer has a physical presence, the feeling is for the time when I was on a hunger strike, between earth and sky, between life and death, between the living and the dead ... On the 29th day of the hunger strike, I opened my eyes that morning, and I did not know whether I was alive or dead, on earth or in heaven. I was in a trance. It was a strange feeling.

  4. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    When in the trance of dance you lose track of time, each moment equals to an eon of smiles

  5. Shah Asad Rizvi:

    Moving to oriental or jazz while listening to drum beats or trance, take your own time and improvise. Wait not, now is the time to release the dancing vibes

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