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Definitions of dance

  1. skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; " Dancing flames"; " The children danced with joy"
  2. taking a series of rhythmical steps ( and movements) in time to music
  3. an artistic form of nonverbal communication
  4. a party for social dancing
  5. a party of people assembled for dancing
  6. move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance; " My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio"
  7. move in a graceful and rhythmical way; " The young girl danced into the room"
  8. 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.
  9. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
  10. To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle.
  11. The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord with music.
  12. A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
  13. To move the body and feet rhythmically to music; perform the figures of a dance; move nimbly or merrily.
  14. To give a dancing motion to; perform; as, to dance a jig.
  15. A regulated movement of the feet to a rhythmical musical accompaniment; a dancing party, less formal than a ball; one round of dancing.
  16. To move with measured steps to music.
  17. To make to dance or jump.
  18. The movement of one or more persons with measured steps to music.
  19. To cause to dance or jump.
  20. To move with varied steps to musical time.
  21. To dandle; leap, quiver, flit, or skip lightly.
  22. A series of rhythmic concerted movements timed to music.
  23. A dancing party; tune to dance by.
  24. Dancer.
  25. A stepping with motions of the body adjusted to the measure of a tune, particularly of two or more in concert. Dance of death, an allegorical representation, of a more or less grimly humorous character, of the universal power of death. To dance attendance, to wait upon so as to gain favour by obsequious attentions.
  26. To make to dance: to dandle.
  27. To leap or move with measured step to music; to leap and frisk about; to move nimbly or up and down.
  28. To move nimbly; to leap and frisk about; to move with measured steps.
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Usage examples for dance

  1. Dance all night long. – Wolf Breed by Jackson Gregory
  2. Miss Zane, will you dance with me? – Betty Zane by Zane Grey
  3. If we don't dance we might as well remain at home. – The Stronger Influence by F.E. Mills Young
  4. Always to dance and dream of Erik. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  5. " I wonder if you dance much," continued Josie. – Mary Louise and Josie O'Gorman by Emma Speed Sampson
  6. To- night we dance in each other's arms. – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
  7. Would you like to dance? – Set in Silver by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  8. But he did not dance. – Jane Lends A Hand by Shirley Watkins
  9. How did you like the dance?" – Beyond by John Galsworthy
  10. But she said there was one thing she knew she could do, and do well, and that was, to dance. – Miss Ellis's Mission by Mary P. Wells Smith
  11. " With whom do you want to dance? – Riders of the Silences by Max Brand
  12. My husband doesn't care to dance it. – Vanishing Roads and Other Essays by Richard Le Gallienne
  13. Go tell them that I cannot dance to- night; I am too ill! – The Complete Poetical Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  14. Come dance with me?" – The Desert of Wheat by Zane Grey
  15. However, on with the dance! – The Valiants of Virginia by Hallie Erminie Rives
  16. Law is like a country dance; people are led up and down in it till they are tired. – The American Union Speaker by John D. Philbrick
  17. I gotta get back to my dance. – Every Soul Hath Its Song by Fannie Hurst
  18. I am engaged to Dick for the next dance. – The Bars of Iron by Ethel May Dell
  19. " I'll go and make Daniel dance with me," Rupert said. – Moor Fires by E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  20. We took pity on one another, and determined to talk, not dance. – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
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