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[trans, trahns] /træns, trɑns/
a half-conscious state, seemingly between sleeping and waking, in which ability to function voluntarily may be suspended.
a dazed or bewildered condition.
a state of complete mental absorption or deep musing.
an unconscious, cataleptic, or hypnotic condition.
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, trancing.
to put in a trance; stupefy.
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 forms
[transt-lee, tran-sid-lee] /ˈtrænst li, ˈtræn sɪd li/ (Show IPA),
trancelike, adjective


or transe

[trahns] /trɑns/ Scot.
a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.
verb (used without object), tranced, trancing.
to move or walk rapidly or briskly.
1325-75; Middle English (v.); origin uncertain Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for tranced
Historical Examples
  • For an instant, the tranced boat's crew stood still; then turned.

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • They are still as death, tranced in those liquid bell-tones.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • But her heart was clutched by a grip of ice, and she went as one tranced.

    The Heart of the Ancient Wood Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He was tranced before this meeting of the companions, each of whom saw none but the other.

    Red Fleece Will Levington Comfort
  • Ventnor stepped by the sentinel globe, bent over the tranced girl.

    The Metal Monster A. Merritt
  • The collie resumed his wide, gold-eyed, tranced stare into the fire.

    Shadows of Flames Amelie Rives
  • Hugged in her warm wrap, curled into her big chair, the girl sat like some tranced creature, thinking—thinking—thinking.

    The Beloved Woman Kathleen Norris
  • The sullen, tranced hours verged towards evening, and Wat still lay motionless.

    Lochinvar S. R. Crockett
  • Mrs. Dayre plays with an enchanting softness, and they float up and down as in some tranced sea.

    Floyd Grandon's Honor

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • It was a batch of Ivor's drawings—sketches of Spirit Life, made in the course of tranced tours through the other world.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
British Dictionary definitions for tranced


a hypnotic state resembling sleep
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
a dazed or stunned state
a state of ecstasy or mystic absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level
(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
a type of electronic dance music with repetitive rhythms, aiming at a hypnotic effect
(transitive) to put into or as into a trance
Derived Forms
trancelike, 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
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Word Origin and History for tranced



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
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tranced in Medicine

trance (trāns)
An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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