dance has definitions from the fields of dance,fine art
[ verb ] (dance) move in a graceful and rhythmical way


"The young girl danced into the room"

Used in print

(Robert Penn Warren, Wilderness....)

He was seeing , somehow , the face of a young boy , the boy Simms_Purdew must once have been , a boy with sorrel hair , and blue eyes dancing with gaiety , and the boy mouth grinning trustfully among the freckles .

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

Naked girls danced in the chancel of the Abbey , the youngest and seemingly the most innocent being chosen to read a sermon filled with veiled depravities .

(Arthur Miller, "The Prophecy," in The Best...)

She enjoyed great parties when she would sit_up talking and dancing and drinking all night , but it always seemed to her that being alone , especially alone in her house , was the realest part of life .

(James Thurber, "The Future, If Any, of Comedy,"...)

I'm not pleading for the heart that leaps up when it beholds a rainbow in the sky , or for the heart that with rapture fills and dances with the daffodils .

(S. J. Perelman, The Rising Gorge. New York:...)

What you were looking_for ( unless you make a hobby of collecting old tennis_rackets and fly screens ) eludes me , but to judge from phonograph_records scattered about a fumed_oak Victrola , you danced two tangos and a paso_doble , which must have been fairly enervating in that milieu .

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move glissade chasse capriole step

[ noun ] (fine art,dance) an artistic form of nonverbal communication

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(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

His creative development of melodic designs of Slavic dance tunes and love songs is captivating : witty , clever , adroit , and subtle .

With a large and circumspect 20_th Century technique , he wove the materials of national heroes and events , national folklore and children 's fairy_tales - Slavic dances and love songs - into a solid musical literature which served his people well , and is providing much enjoyment to the World at_large .

[ verb ] (dance) 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"

Used in print

(The Providence Journal...)

And little Zeme_North , a Dora with real spirit and verve , was fascinating whether she was singing of her love for Floyd , the cop who becomes sewer commissioner and then is promoted into garbage , or just dancing to display her exuberant feelings .

(William Maxwell, The Chateau....)

`` All because I did n't feel_like dancing '' .

(Stephen Longstreet, Eagles Where I Walk....)

Martha picked_up the hem of her gown and with eyes closed she slowly began to dance a stately minuet around the ballroom .

[ noun ] (dance) a party of people assembled for dancing

Used in print

(Frank Getlein and Harold C. Gardiner, S.J., Movies,...)

Brief snips of actual events were shown : parades , dances , street scenes .

(Hampton Stone, The Man Who Looked Death...)

He came bounding up_the_stairs and joined the dance .

(Evan Esar, Humorous English; a guide to comic ,...)

This is not unlike the order received by the sergeant of an army motor_pool : `` Four trucks to Fort_Mason gym , 7 : 30 tonight , for hauling girls to dance .

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party ball ball barn_dance hop

[ verb ] (dance) skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways


"Dancing flames" "The children danced with joy"

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[ noun ] (dance) taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Used in print

(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)

in his motherland ; in the spacious hunting_grounds of `` Uncle_Sam '' ; in the exciting salons of his lovely , brilliant Paris - mistress of gaiety - excess and abandon - world theatre of new found freedoms in tone , color , dance , design , and thought .

[ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 9145
[ noun ] a party for social dancing

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party ball barn_dance rave hop