- 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.
- to put in a trance; stupefy.
- to entrance; enrapture.
Origin of trance1
Examples from the Web for trancelike
So have you reached that trancelike state with your new novel?A Fierce Debut
March 9, 2011
When the thoughts stopped coming in, the butcher was the first to come out of the trancelike state.The Stutterer
Twilight had not yielded to day when Odysseus awoke from his trancelike sleep, and gazed in bewilderment around him.Stories from the Odyssey
H. L. Havell
There is nothing in life more beautiful than that trancelike quiet dawn which precedes the rising of love in the soul.The Minister's Wooing
Harriet Beecher Stowe
He looked up, and it appeared to Julie as though he were shaking off with difficulty some abnormal and trancelike state.Lady Rose's Daughter
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Bobby Ogden, waking suddenly from his trancelike condition, leaped to his feet and ran after him.Once to Every Man
- 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
- (tr) to put into or as into a trance
Word Origin and History for trancelike
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.
- An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.