dance

dance

synonyms, antonyms, definitions, examples & translations of dance in English

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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 *þansōn (to draw, pull, stretch out, gesture) (compare Old High German dansōn (to draw, pull)), from Proto-West Germanic *þansōn, ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *tens- (to stretch, pull). Replaced Old English sealtian (to dance) borrowed from Latin saltāre (to leap, dance). More at thin.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dæns/
    • (æ-tensing) IPA(key): [dɛəns], [deəns]
    • (Northern England, Ireland) IPA(key): [dæns], [dans], [däns]
    • (General Australian) IPA(key): [dæːns], IPA(key): [dɐːns]
  • IPA(key): /dɑːns/
    • (Received Pronunciation, Cockney, Estuary, Jamaica) IPA(key): [dɑːns]
    • (Cultivated Australian, General New Zealand) IPA(key): [däːns]
    • (Indian English) IPA(key): [ɖɑːns]
  • 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.
  2. A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.
  3. (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
  4. (uncountable) A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  5. A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.
  6. (figuratively) A battle of wits, especially one commonly fought between two rivals.
    So how much longer are we gonna do this dance?
  7. (figuratively, dated) Any strenuous or difficult movement, action, or task.
  8. (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.

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.
  3. (transitive) To perform the steps to.
  4. (transitive) To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
  5. (figuratively, euphemistic) To make love or have sex.

Synonyms

  • (move with rhythmic steps or movements): throw shapes
  • (to engage in sexual intercourse): do the deed, get some, have sex; see also Thesaurus:copulate

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, Decan, acned, caned, decan

French

Etymology

From English dance. Doublet of danse.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /dɛns/

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 and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of dançar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of dançar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of dançar

References

  • “dance” in Dicionário Priberam da Língua Portuguesa.
  • “dance” in Dicionário infopédia da Língua Portuguesa. Porto: Porto Editora, 2003–2021.

Spanish

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): (Spain) /ˈdanθe/, [ˈd̪ãn̟.θe]
  • IPA(key): (Latin America) /ˈdanse/, [ˈd̪ãn.se]

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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