Dance

Definition of Dance

Pronunciation: dåns
v. i.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Danced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dancing.]
Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.
- Wither.
2.To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
Then, 'tis time to dance off.
- Thackeray.
Shadows in the glassy waters dance.
- Byron.
Where rivulets dance their wayward round.
- Wordsworth.
To dance on a rope
to be hanged.
v. t.1.To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle.
To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind.
- Shak.
To dance attendance
to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor.
n.1.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.
2.(Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
Dance of Death
(Art) an allegorical representation of the power of death over all, - the old, the young, the high, and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton.
Morris dance
See Morris.
To lead one a dance
to cause one to go through a series of movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a dance not understood.

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