Couples dancing at a wedding.
- The definition of a dance is a group of rhythmic movements and steps set to music or a social gathering where people participate in rhythmic movements and steps set to music.
- An example of dance is the salsa.
- An example of dance is the prom.
- Dance is defined as to move the feet and body to rhythm.
An example of dance is to engage in the salsa.
intransitive verbdanced, danc′ing
- to move the body and feet in rhythm, ordinarily to music
- to take part in or perform a dance
- to move lightly and gaily; caper
- to bob up and down
- to be stirred into rapid movement, as leaves in a wind
Origin of danceMiddle English dauncen from Old French danser from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Frankish an unverified form dintjan, to tremble, move back and forth
- to take part in or perform (a dance)
- to cause to dance
- to cause to move lightly, bob up and down, etc.
- rhythmic movement of the body and feet, ordinarily to music
- a particular kind of dance, as the waltz, tango, etc.
- the art of dancing, esp. as performed in ballet or modern dance
- a party to which people come to dance
- one round of dancing at such a party
- a piece of music for dancing
- rapid, lively movement
- any elaborate or ritualized sequence of actions, specif., an instinctive one performed by two animals as a part of courting or mating
dance attendance on
dance to another tune
verbdanced, danc·ing, danc·es
- To move rhythmically usually to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures.
- Zoology To perform a specialized set of movements to communicate chiefly with other members of the same species.
- a. To move or leap about excitedly.b. To bob up and down or move about rapidly: The leaves danced in the wind.c. To appear to flash or twinkle: eyes that danced with merriment.
- Informal To speak or behave in an evasive or vacillating manner: danced around the issue.
- To engage in or perform (a dance).
- To lead (someone) in a dance.
- To cause to move up and down quickly or lightly: danced the child on her knee.
- a. A series of motions and steps, such as the waltz or tango, usually performed to music.b. The act or an instance of dancing: May I have this dance?c. The music composed or played for a certain kind of dance or for a particular dance.d. The art of dancing: studied dance in college.
- A party or gathering of people for dancing.
- Zoology An act of communication by dancing: a peacock's courtship dance.
Origin of danceMiddle English dauncen from Old French danser perhaps of Germanic origin
- A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
- A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.
- (heraldry) A fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
- A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
- (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
(third-person singular simple present dances, present participle dancing, simple past and past participle danced)
- (intransitive) To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
- I danced with her all night long.
- (intransitive) To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
- His eyes danced with pleasure as he spoke. She accused her political opponent of dancing around the issue instead of confronting it.
- To perform the steps to.
- Have you ever danced the tango?
- To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
Middle English daunsen, from Anglo-Norman dancer, dauncer (“to dance”) (compare Old French dancier), from Frankish *dansōn (“to draw, to pull, to gesture”) (compare Old High German dansōn (“to draw, pull”)), from Proto-Germanic *dansōną.