- An example of a trance is the state of hypnosis.
- An example of a trance is someone's state after the shock of a car accident.
- An example of a trance is the state of a medium at a séance.
- a state of altered consciousness, somewhat resembling sleep, during which voluntary movement is lost, as in hypnosis
- a stunned condition; daze; stupor
- a condition of great mental concentration or abstraction, esp. one induced by religious fervor or mysticism
- in spiritualistic belief, a condition in which a medium passes under the control of some external force, as for the transmission of communications from the dead during a séance
Origin of tranceMiddle English from Old French transe, great anxiety, fear from transir, to perish from Classical Latin transire, to die, literally , go across: see transit
transitive verbtranced, tranc′ing
- A hypnotic, cataleptic, or ecstatic state.
- Detachment from one's physical surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming.
- A semiconscious state, as between sleeping and waking; a daze.
- A genre of electronic dance music with a fast tempo, repetitive phrasing, and often a hypnotic effect.
transitive verbtranced, tranc·ing, tranc·es
Origin of tranceMiddle English traunce from Old French transe passage, fear, vision from transir to die, be numb with fear from Latin trānsīre to go over or across ; see transient .
- A dazed or unconscious condition.
- (consciousness) A state of concentration, awareness and/or focus that filters information and experience; e.g. meditation, possession, etc.
- (psychology) A state of low response to stimulus and diminished, narrow attention.
- (psychology) The previous state induced by hypnosis.
- (uncountable) Trance music, a genre of electronic dance music.
From Middle English traunce, from Old French transe (“fear of coming evil", "passage from life to death"), from transir (“to be numb with fear", "die", "pass on"), from Latin trÄnseÅ (“to cross over")
(third-person singular simple present trances, present participle trancing, simple past and past participle tranced)
- To entrance.
- When thickest dark did trance the sky.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.