verb (used without object), danced, danc·ing.
verb (used with object), danced, danc·ing.
- dance attendance on,
- dance band,
- dance card,
- dance drama,
- dance floor
Origin of dance
Examples from the Web for dance
Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance is a different sound for you.
Twelve-year-old dance prodigy Maddie Ziegler has suffered the wrath of Dance Moms tyrant Abby Lee Miller.See Burly Shia LaBeouf Interpretive Cage Fight Lil Sia in the Singer’s Fantastic New Music Video|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And with the dance sequence, we wanted something very physical.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“My dance instructor always says she earns most of her income from private teaching,” says Monir.
Even for Arabic dance no one wears a long dress, just a scarf around the hips.
The colonel had looked upon him with sombre eyes the night of the dance.Lanier of the Cavalry|Charles King
The song and the dance are broken off, never to be resumed, when the staid footfall of the lady is heard approaching.Milton|Sir Walter Alexander Raleigh
After the dance had continued about an hour, the two ladies, who were apprehensive of catching cold, moved to break up the ball.The Vicar of Wakefield|Oliver Goldsmith
The very day of their dance, Kitty Chester's engagement came out.Boston Neighbours In Town and Out|Agnes Blake Poor
While I was hesitating, a woman came toward me from the direction of the dance.Le Cocu (Novels of Paul de Kock Volume XVIII)|Charles Paul de Kock
- a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball
- (as modifier)a dance hall
Word Origin for dance
c.1300, from Old French dancier (12c., Modern French danser), of unknown origin, perhaps from Low Frankish *dintjan and akin to Old Frisian dintje "tremble, quiver." A word of uncertain origin but which, through French influence in arts and society, has become the primary word for this activity from Spain to Russia (e.g. Italian danzare, Spanish danzar, Rumanian dansa, Swedish dansa, German tanzen).
In part the loanword from French is used mainly with reference to fashionable dancing while the older native word persists in use with reference to folk-dancing, as definitively Russ. pljasat' vs. tancovat' [Buck].
Replaced Old English sealtian, itself a borrowing from Latin saltare "to dance," frequentative of salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.); "dance" words frequently are derived from words meaning "jump, leap"). Related: Danced; dancing.
It is strange, and will, I am sure, appear to my readers almost incredible, that as far as I have ever read, there is no reference that can be identified as containing a clear allusion to dancing in any of our really ancient MS. books. [Eugene O'Curry, "On the Manners and Customs of the Ancient Irish," vol. 2, p.406, 1873]
c.1300, from dance (v.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with dance
- dance attendance on
- dance to another tune
- lead a chase (dance)
- song and dance