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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Dance'

Dance Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    dance n
  1. an artistic form of nonverbal communication
  2. a party of people assembled for dancing
  3. taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music [syn: dancing, terpsichore, saltation]
  4. a party for social dancing v
  5. move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
  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" [syn: trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe}]
  7. skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"
Dance Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Dance \Dance\, v. t. To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle. To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind. --Shak. Thy grandsire loved thee well; Many a time he danced thee on his knee. --Shak. To dance attendance, to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor. A man of his place, and so near our favor, To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasure. --Shak.
Dance Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    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. Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither. Good shepherd, what fair swain is this Which dances with your daughter? --Shak.
  2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about. Then, 'tis time to dance off. --Thackeray. More dances my rapt heart Than when I first my wedded mistress saw. --Shak. Shadows in the glassy waters dance. --Byron. Where rivulets dance their wayward round. --Wordsworth. To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Dance'

Dance is an art form that generally refers to movement of the body, usually rhythmic and to music, used as a form of expression, social interaction or presented in a spiritual or performance setting.

Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication between humans, and is also performed by other animals (bee dance, patterns of behaviour such as a mating dance). Gymnastics, figure skating and synchronized swimming are sports that incorporate dance, while martial arts kata are often compared to dances. Motion in ordinarily inanimate objects may also be described as dances (the leaves danced in the wind).

Definitions of what constitutes dance are dependent on social, cultural, aesthetic, artistic and moral constraints and range from functional movement (such as folk dance) to virtuoso techniques such as ballet. Dance can be participatory, social or performed for an audience. It can also be ceremonial, competitive or erotic. Dance movements may be without significance in themselves, such as in ballet or European folk dance, or have a gestural vocabulary/symbolic system as in many Asian dances. Dance can embody or express ideas, emotions or tell a story.

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'Dance' in famous quotation sentence

* Leaders must encourage their organizations to dance to forms of music yet to be heard. - Warren Bennis

* It is discouraging to try and penetrate a mind like yours. You ought to get it out and dance on it. That would take some of the rigidity out of it. - Mark Twain

* Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. - Rabindranath Tagore

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Dance Sample Sentences in News

  • Making the grade: Blue Grass winner Dance With Fate
    Dance With Fate rallied from off the pace to take the Blue Grass Stakes. Will the 3-year-old be able to turn that race over a synthetic surface into a win over the dirt at Churchill Downs in the Kentucky Derby? Read more on this news related to 'Dance'
  • Back on the dance floor: Boston Marathon victim inspires prosthetics innovation
    After two bombs ripped through the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon, Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a ballroom dance teacher, lost her left leg from the knee down. About 200 days later, she danced the rhumba thanks to a prosthetic bionic limb created by researchers at MIT – an innovation that could improve the lives of amputees for years to come. Read more on this news related to 'Dance'
  • Emporia State's coaches mimicked the 'Evolution of Dance' (Video)
    After starting most of his team's early-morning spring practices with dance-offs between the players, the coaching staff at Emporia State, a Division II school about 90 minutes southwest of Kansas City, Mo., wanted to up the ante and turn the tables on themselves. Read more on this news related to 'Dance'

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