- 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 trancedsenseless, paralyzed, comatose, enchanted, unusual, magic, mythical, fascinating, eerie, spooky, marvelous, extraordinary, otherworldly, wonderful, miraculous, uncanny, mysterious, weird, enchanting, spellbinding
Examples from the Web for tranced
Historical Examples of tranced
For an instant, the tranced boat's crew stood still; then turned.Moby Dick; or The Whale
They are still as death, tranced in those liquid bell-tones.Margarita's Soul
But her heart was clutched by a grip of ice, and she went as one tranced.The Heart of the Ancient Wood
Charles G. D. Roberts
He was tranced before this meeting of the companions, each of whom saw none but the other.Red Fleece
Will Levington Comfort
Ventnor stepped by the sentinel globe, bent over the tranced girl.The Metal Monster
- 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.