[ dans, dahns ]
/ dæns, dɑns /
verb (used without object), danced, danc·ing.
to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, especially to the accompaniment of music.
to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy.
to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond.
verb (used with object), danced, danc·ing.
to perform or take part in (a dance): to dance a waltz.
to cause to dance: He danced her around the ballroom.
to cause to be in a specified condition by dancing: She danced her way to stardom.
a successive group of rhythmical steps or bodily motions, or both, usually executed to music.
an act or round of dancing; set: May I have this dance?
the art of dancing: to study dance.
a social gathering or party for dancing; ball: Was he invited to the dance?
a piece of music suited in rhythm or style to a particular form of dancing: He liked the composer's country dances.
Animal Behavior. a stylized pattern of movements performed by an animal, as a bird in courtship display, or an insect, as a honeybee in indicating a source of nectar.
the dance, ballet, interpretive dancing, and other dancing of an artistic nature performed by professional dancers before an audience.
From The Waltz To The Jitterbug: How Classic Dances Got Their NamesAs you may suspect, the term “ballroom dancing” originates with the word “ball.” But what you may not know is that “ball” comes from the Latin word ballare , which means “to dance.” So what about all those dances performed in the ballroom? How did they get their names? The waltz The waltz is now considered a harmless, traditional type of ballroom dancing. But in 1825, …
dance attendance. attendance(def 3).
dance on air, Slang. to be hanged.
dance to another tune, to change one's behavior, attitudes, etc.
Origin of dance
1250–1300; (v.) Middle English da(u)ncen < Anglo-French dancer, dauncer, Old French dancier, perhaps < Old High German *dansjan to lead (someone) to a dance; (noun) Middle English da(u)nce < Anglo-French; Old French dance, derivative of dancier
danc·ing·ly, adverban·ti·danc·ing, adjectiveout·dance, verb (used with object), out·danced, out·danc·ing.un·danc·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dance to another tune
/ (dɑːns) /
(intr) to move the feet and body rhythmically, esp in time to music
(tr) to perform (a particular dance)
(intr) to skip or leap, as in joy, etc
to move or cause to move in a light rhythmic way
dance attendance on someone to attend someone solicitously or obsequiously
a series of rhythmic steps and movements, usually in time to musicRelated adjective: Terpsichorean
an act of dancing
- a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball
- (as modifier)a dance hall
a piece of music in the rhythm of a particular dance form, such as a waltz
short for dance music (def. 2)
dancelike movements made by some insects and birds, esp as part of a behaviour pattern
lead someone a dance British informal to cause someone continued worry and exasperation; play up
Derived Formsdanceable, adjectivedancer, noundancing, noun, adjective
Word Origin for dance
C13: from Old French dancier
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Idioms and Phrases with dance to another tune (1 of 2)
dance to another tune
Change one's manner, behavior, or attitude. For example, He'll be dancing to another tune when he finds out that the board means business. Also see change one's tune.
Idioms and Phrases with dance to another tune (2 of 2)
In addition to the idioms beginning with dance
- dance attendance on
- dance to another tune
- lead a chase (dance)
- song and dance
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