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Standard Definition

[n] taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
[n] an artistic form of nonverbal communication
[n] a party for social dancing
[n] a party of people assembled for dancing
[v] 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"
[v] move in a graceful and rhythmical way; "The young girl danced into the room"
[v] skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways; "Dancing flames"; "The children danced with joy"


dancing - (2 syllables), saltation - (3 syllables), terpsichore - (4 syllables), trip the light fantastic - (6 syllables), trip the light fantastic toe - (7 syllables)

Misc. Definitions

\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.
\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\, n. [F. danse, of German origin. See {Dance}, v. i.]
1. 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.
2. (Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc. Note: The word dance was used ironically, by the older writers, of many proceedings besides dancing. Of remedies of love she knew parchance For of that art she couth the olde dance. --Chaucer. {Dance of Death} (Art), an allegorical representation of the power of death over all, -- the old, the young, the high, and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton. {Morris dance}. See {Morris}. {To lead one a dance}, to cause one to go through a series of movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a dance not understood.