Dance Dance (d[.a]ns), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Danced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Dancing}.] [F. danser, fr. OHG. dans[=o]n to draw; akin to dinsan to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the same root (meaning to stretch) as E. thin. See {Thin}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither. [1913 Webster]

Good shepherd, what fair swain is this Which dances with your daughter? --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about. [1913 Webster]

Then, 'tis time to dance off. --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

More dances my rapt heart Than when I first my wedded mistress saw. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Shadows in the glassy waters dance. --Byron. [1913 Webster]

Where rivulets dance their wayward round. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster]

{To dance on a rope}, or {To dance on nothing}, to be hanged. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • danced — dɑːns n. rhythmic movement accompanied by music v. move rhythmically to music (often following pre composed steps and movements); skip or bounce about in a dance like manner; participate in a dance; cause to dance …   English contemporary dictionary

  • danced — past of dance …   Useful english dictionary

  • Danced (Live) — Single by Toyah from the album Toyah! Toyah! Toyah! B side …   Wikipedia

  • danced attendance on him — was excessively attentive to him …   English contemporary dictionary

  • danced on his grave — was happy that he had died …   English contemporary dictionary

  • We Danced Together — Infobox Single Name = We Danced Together Artist = The Rakes from Album = Ten New Messages Released = March 12, 2007 Format = CD, 7 vinyl Recorded = The Chapel; Mayfair Studios Genre = Alternative rock Length = 3:32 (radio edit) 3:53 (album… …   Wikipedia

  • We Danced Anyway — Infobox Single Name = We Danced Anyway Cover size = Caption = Artist = Deana Carter from Album = Did I Shave My Legs for This? A side = B side = Released = 1997 Format = CD Single Recorded = 1996 Genre = Country music Length = 3:40 Label =… …   Wikipedia

  • Oh How We Danced — Studio album by Jim Capaldi Released February 1972 …   Wikipedia

  • We Danced — Infobox Single Name = We Danced Cover size = Border = Caption = Artist = Brad Paisley Album = Who Needs Pictures Released = 2000 Format = CD Single Recorded = Genre = Country Length = 3:45 Label = Arista Nashville Writer = Brad Paisley, Chris… …   Wikipedia

  • If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets) — Infobox Single Name = If the Devil Danced (In Empty Pockets) Cover size = Border = Caption = Artist = Joe Diffie Album = A Thousand Winding Roads A side = B side = Released = April 2, 1991 Format = CD Single Recorded = Genre = Country Length =… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”