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trance1

[trans, trahns]
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noun
  1. a half-conscious state, seemingly between sleeping and waking, in which ability to function voluntarily may be suspended.
  2. a dazed or bewildered condition.
  3. a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing.
  4. an unconscious, cataleptic, or hypnotic condition.
  5. Spiritualism. a temporary state in which a medium, with suspension of personal consciousness, is controlled by an intelligence from without and used as a means of communication, as from the dead.
verb (used with object), tranced, tranc·ing.
  1. to put in a trance; stupefy.
  2. to entrance; enrapture.

Origin of trance1

1300–50; Middle English traunce state of extreme dread, swoon, dazed state < Middle French transe literally, passage (from life to death), derivative of transir to go across, pass over < Latin trānsīre, equivalent to trāns- trans- + īre to go
Related formstranced·ly [transt-lee, tran-sid-lee] /ˈtrænst li, ˈtræn sɪd li/, adverbtrance·like, adjective

trance2

or transe

[trahns]Scot.
noun
  1. a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.
verb (used without object), tranced, tranc·ing.
  1. to move or walk rapidly or briskly.

Origin of trance2

1325–75; Middle English (v.); origin uncertain
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Examples from the Web for trance

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  • It was Daisy's voice which awakened me from this species of trance.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • There's sort of a look in your eyes as if you'd got in a trance and couldn't get out.

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Had she been, indeed, as her mother said she looked, "in a trance?"

    Alice Adams

    Booth Tarkington

  • Indeed, he did not awake from this kind of trance until the geese and turkeys were unspitted.

  • As in a trance, he saw more than the dam; he saw what it symbolized.

    Raiders Invisible

    Desmond Winter Hall


British Dictionary definitions for trance

trance

noun
  1. a hypnotic state resembling sleep
  2. any mental state in which a person is unaware or apparently unaware of the environment, characterized by loss of voluntary movement, rigidity, and lack of sensitivity to external stimuli
  3. a dazed or stunned state
  4. a state of ecstasy or mystic absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level
  5. spiritualism a state in which a medium, having temporarily lost consciousness, can supposedly be controlled by an intelligence from without as a means of communication with the dead
  6. a type of electronic dance music with repetitive rhythms, aiming at a hypnotic effect
verb
  1. (tr) to put into or as into a trance
Derived Formstrancelike, adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Old French transe, from transir to faint, pass away, from Latin trānsīre to go over, from trans- + īre to go
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for trance

n.

late 14c., "state of extreme dread or suspense," also "a dazed, half-conscious or insensible condition," from Old French transe "fear of coming evil," originally "passage from life to death" (12c.), from transir "be numb with fear," originally "die, pass on," from Latin transire "cross over" (see transient). French trance in its modern sense has been reborrowed from English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

trance in Medicine

trance

([object Object])
n.
  1. An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

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