trance

1
[trans, trahns]

noun

verb (used with object), tranced, tranc·ing.

to put in a trance; stupefy.
to entrance; enrapture.

Nearby words

  1. tramping hut,
  2. trample,
  3. trampoline,
  4. tramroad,
  5. tramway,
  6. trance out,
  7. tranche,
  8. tranchet,
  9. tranexamic acid,
  10. tranfd.

Origin of trance

1
1300–50; Middle English traunce state of extreme dread, swoon, dazed state < Middle French transe literally, passage (from life to death), derivative of transir to go across, pass over < Latin trānsīre, equivalent to trāns- trans- + īre to go

Related formstranced·ly [transt-lee, tran-sid-lee] /ˈtrænst li, ˈtræn sɪd li/, adverbtrance·like, adjective

trance

2

or transe

[trahns]Scot.

noun

a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.

verb (used without object), tranced, tranc·ing.

to move or walk rapidly or briskly.

Origin of trance

2
1325–75; Middle English (v.); origin uncertain

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Examples from the Web for trancing

  • No sylphs of the air, no trancing music out of the waters now!

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British Dictionary definitions for trancing

trance

noun

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

verb

(tr) to put into or as into a trance
Derived Formstrancelike, adjective

Word Origin for trance

C14: from Old French transe, from transir to faint, pass away, from Latin trānsīre to go over, from trans- + īre to go

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Word Origin and History for trancing

trance

n.

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.

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Medicine definitions for trancing

trance

[trăns]

n.

An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.

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