sword dance

sword dance
noun Date: 1604 1. a dance performed by men in a circle holding a sword in the right hand and grasping the tip of a neighbor's sword in the left hand 2. a dance performed over or around swords • sword dancer noun

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  • Sword dance — Sword dances are recorded from throughout world history. There are various traditions of solo and mock battle (Pyrrhic) sword dances from Greece, the Middle East, India, China, Korea, and Japan, while all known linked ( hilt and point ) sword… …   Wikipedia

  • sword dance — sword dancer. any of various dances, usually performed by men, in which swords are ceremonially flourished or are laid on the ground and danced around. [1595 1605] * * * Folk dance by men, with swords or two handled blades, expressing themes such …   Universalium

  • Sword dance — Sword Sword (s[=o]rd), n. [OE. swerd, AS. sweord; akin to OFries. swerd, swird, D. zwaard, OS. swerd, OHG. swert, G. schwert, Icel. sver[eth], Sw. sv[ a]rd, Dan. sv[ae]rd; of uncertain origin.] 1. An offensive weapon, having a long and usually… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sword dance — n. any dance, esp. by men, involving the use of swords, esp. one performed around bare swords laid on the ground sword dancer n …   English World dictionary

  • sword dance — n a dance in which people dance over swords or using swords …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • sword dance — sword ,dance noun count a traditional Scottish dance in which you dance around two crossed swords laid on the floor …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • sword dance — noun any of various dances by men who step nimbly over swords or flourish them in the air • Syn: ↑sword dancing • Hypernyms: ↑folk dancing, ↑folk dance * * * noun 1. : a ceremonial English and west European folk dance executed by men in a ring by …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sword dance — Schwerttänze sind eine Gruppe von Volkstänzen.Sie schließen Schützentänze, Scheinschlachttänze und Duotänze oder Solotänze, wie beispielsweise traditionelle schottische Schwerttänze, ein. Auch der Messertanz, ein mittelalterlicher Zunfttanz,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • sword dance — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms sword dance : singular sword dance plural sword dances a traditional Scottish dance in which you dance around two crossed swords laid on the floor …   English dictionary

  • sword dance — noun (C) a Scottish dance in which people dance between and around swords that are laid on the ground sword dancer noun (C) sword dancing noun (U) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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