- The definition of a trance is an altered state of mind where you can't move, or being stunned in a way that resembles this state, or the state of a person connecting to the spirit world.
- 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.
trance definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English ; from Old French transe, great anxiety, fear ; from transir, to perish ; from Classical Latin transire, to die, literally , go across: see transit
trance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
Origin: Middle 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.
- tranceˈlikeˌ adjective
trance - Medical Definition