- 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
- a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.
- to move or walk rapidly or briskly.
Origin of trance2
Related Words for trancecoma, rapture, reverie, stupor, unconsciousness, insensibility, abstraction, study, spell, glaze, muse, ecstasy, daze, dream, petrifaction, catatonia, catalepsy, transfixion
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Contemporary Examples of trance
"I was in a trance and I couldn't see anything else," LaRose said at her sentencing.The FBI’s Bogus ISIS Bust
November 21, 2014
The simultaneously upbeat and sentimental ode to friendship is equal parts funk, trance, pop, and R&B.The Swedish Queen of Soulful Pop: Mapei Won’t Wait for You to Listen
October 16, 2014
Ed described himself as a demonologist, while Lorraine, who is 87, calls herself a trance medium.Beware: Connecticut’s Museum of the Occult May Kill You
July 3, 2014
Twenty people surround Grace, all of them intently studying her trance state.Hallucinating Away a Heroin Addiction
May 4, 2014
“Death is not the end,” as some characters recite, in something like a trance, to which I can only say, rats!‘True Detective,’ Obsessive-Compulsive Noir, and ‘Twin Peaks’
March 14, 2014
Historical Examples of trance
It was Daisy's voice which awakened me from this species of trance.In the Valley
There's sort of a look in your eyes as if you'd got in a trance and couldn't get out.
Had she been, indeed, as her mother said she looked, "in a trance?"
Indeed, he did not awake from this kind of trance until the geese and turkeys were unspitted.The Fat and the Thin
As in a trance, he saw more than the dam; he saw what it symbolized.Raiders Invisible
Desmond Winter Hall
- 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 for trance
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.