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 dancing
Her very first performance onstage came at the age of 4, when she cameoed as a dancing flower in the musical Bye Bye Birdie.Jena Malone’s Long, Strange Trip From Homelessness to Hollywood Stardom|Marlow Stern|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pakistan was dancing for the U.S. dollar and joined up with it without any dignity.
We arrived to the din of a party in full swing: a band, multiple kegs of beer, dancing, foosball, and mantle diving.
People milled about in various stages of inebriation, dancing, and shouting.
We are talking about public gatherings, people will be together, dancing, sweating, and touching each other.
When Gwynne and Isabel descended the steps and stood looking down upon the scene for a moment, the younger people were dancing.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
The Monkeys at the sight of the nuts forgot their dancing and became (as indeed they were) Monkeys instead of actors.Aesop's Fables|Aesop
We really ought to be dancing—but I'll try my luck once more on No. 4.
The night is spent in eating, drinking, smoking, singing and dancing.The Belief in Immortality and the Worship of the Dead, Volume I (of 3)|Sir James George Frazer
When the dancing began, Effie May's exuberance could no longer contain itself.Why Joan?|Eleanor Mercein Kelly
- a social meeting arranged for dancing; ball
- (as modifier)a dance hall
Word Origin for dance
c.1300, from dance (v.).
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]
In addition to the idioms beginning with dance
- dance attendance on
- dance to another tune
- lead a chase (dance)
- song and dance