dance

dance

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English

Alternative forms

  • daunce (obsolete)

Etymology

From Middle English dauncen, daunsen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman dauncer, dancer (to dance) (compare Old French dancier), from Frankish *dansōn (to draw, pull, stretch out, gesture) (compare Old High German dansōn (to draw, pull)), from Proto-Germanic *þansōną, from *þinsaną (to draw, pull). More at thin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dæns/
    • (US, Canada) IPA(key): [dɛəns~deəns]
    • (Northern England, Ireland) IPA(key): [dæns~dans]
  • IPA(key): /dɑːns/
    • (Received Pronunciation, Cockney) IPA(key): [dɑːns]
  • Rhymes: -ɑːns, -æns

Noun

dance (countable and uncountable, plural dances)

  1. A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
    • "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. []"
  2. A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.
    • "I ought to arise and go forth with timbrels and with dances; but, do you know, I am not inclined to revels? There has been a little—just a very little bit too much festivity so far …. Not that I don't adore dinners and gossip and dances; not that I do not love to pervade bright and glittering places. []"
  3. (heraldry) A normally horizontal stripe called a fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
  4. A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  5. (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
  6. A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.
    • They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.
  7. (figuratively) A battle of wits, esp. one commonly fought between two rivals.
    So how much longer are we gonna do this dance?

Hyponyms

  • See also Thesaurus:dance

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

dance (third-person singular simple present dances, present participle dancing, simple past and past participle danced)

  1. (intransitive) To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
  2. (intransitive) To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
    • Byron
      Shadows in the glassy waters dance.
  3. (transitive) To perform the steps to.
  4. (transitive) To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
    • William Shakespeare
      to dance our ringlets to the whistling wind
    • William Shakespeare
      Thy grandsire loved thee well; / Many a time he danced thee on his knee.

Synonyms

  • throw shapes

Derived terms

  • dance attendance
  • dancer
  • dance with the one that brought you
  • dirty dance
  • line dance

Descendants

  • Scottish Gaelic: danns
  • Zulu: dansa

Translations

See also

  • Appendix:Dances

References

Further reading

  • Dance on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • dance on Wikibooks.Wikibooks

Anagrams

  • Caden, acned, caned, decan

French

Etymology

From English dance.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɑ̃s/

Noun

dance f (uncountable)

  1. dance music

Galician

Verb

dance

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of danzar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of danzar

Middle French

Etymology

Old French dance.

Noun

dance f (plural dances)

  1. dance

Descendants

  • French: danse

Old French

Etymology

From Germanic, see English dance, French danse

Noun

dance f (oblique plural dances, nominative singular dance, nominative plural dances)

  1. dance

Portuguese

Verb

dance

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of dançar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of dançar
  3. First-person singular (eu) affirmative imperative of dançar
  4. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of dançar
  5. First-person singular (eu) negative imperative of dançar
  6. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of dançar

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • (Castilian) IPA(key): [ˈda̠n̟.θe̞]
  • (Latin America) IPA(key): [ˈda̠n.se̞]

Verb

dance

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of danzar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of danzar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of danzar.

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