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dance

See also: dancé

EnglishEdit

A man and woman dancing.

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English daunsen, from Anglo-Norman dancer, dauncer (to dance) (compare Old French dancier), from Frankish *dansōn (to draw, pull, stretch out, gesture) (compare Old High German dansōn (to draw, pull)), from Proto-Germanic *þansōną, from *þinsaną (to draw, pull). More at thin.

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NounEdit

dance (plural dances)

  1. A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
  2. A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.
  3. (heraldry) A fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
  4. A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  5. (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
  6. A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.[1]
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall, The Squire's Daughter, ch.I:
      They stayed together during three dances, went out on to the terrace, explored wherever they were permitted to explore, paid two visits to the buffet, and enjoyed themselves much in the same way as if they had been school-children surreptitiously breaking loose from an assembly of grown-ups.

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dance (third-person singular simple present dances, present participle dancing, simple past and past participle danced)

  1. (intransitive) To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 4, The Celebrity:
      “Well,” I answered, at first with uncertainty, then with inspiration, “he would do splendidly to lead your cotillon, if you think of having one.” ¶ “So you do not dance, Mr. Crocker?” ¶ I was somewhat set back by her perspicuity.
    I danced with her all night long.
  2. (intransitive) To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
    His eyes danced with pleasure as he spoke.   She accused her political opponent of dancing around the issue instead of confronting it.
    • Byron
      Shadows in the glassy waters dance.
  3. (transitive) To perform the steps to.
    Have you ever danced the tango?
  4. (transitive) To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ J. A. Simpson and E. S. C. Weiner (prepared by), The Compact Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition (Claredon Press, Oxford 1991 [1989], ISBN 0-19-861258-3), page 387

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From English dance.

NounEdit

dance f (uncountable)

  1. dance music

GalicianEdit

VerbEdit

dance

  1. first-person singular present subjunctive of danzar
  2. third-person singular present subjunctive of danzar

Old FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Germanic, see English dance, French danse

NounEdit

dance f (oblique plural dances, nominative singular dance, nominative plural dances)

  1. dance

PortugueseEdit

VerbEdit

dance

  1. First-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of dançar
  2. Third-person singular (ele, ela, also used with tu and você?) present subjunctive of dançar
  3. First-person singular (eu) affirmative imperative of dançar
  4. Third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of dançar
  5. First-person singular (eu) negative imperative of dançar
  6. Third-person singular (você) negative imperative of dançar

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dance

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of danzar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of danzar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of danzar.