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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dance  \Dance\,  v.  t. 
  To  cause  to  dance,  or  move  nimbly  or  merrily  about  or  up  and 
  down  to  dandle. 
 
  To  dance  our  ringlets  to  the  whistling  wind.  --Shak. 
 
  Thy  grandsire  loved  thee  well  Many  a  time  he  danced 
  thee  on  his  knee.  --Shak. 
 
  {To  dance  attendance},  to  come  and  go  obsequiously;  to  be  or 
  remain  in  waiting,  at  the  beck  and  call  of  another,  with  a 
  view  to  please  or  gain  favor. 
 
  A  man  of  his  place  and  so  near  our  favor,  To  dance 
  attendance  on  their  lordships'  pleasure.  --Shak. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dance  \Dance\  (d[.a]ns),  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Danced};  p.  pr  & 
  vb  n.  {Dancing}.]  [F.  danser,  fr  OHG.  dans[=o]n  to  draw; 
  akin  to  dinsan  to  draw,  Goth.  apinsan  and  prob.  from  the 
  same  root  (meaning  to  stretch)  as  E.  thin.  See  {Thin}.] 
  1.  To  move  with  measured  steps,  or  to  a  musical 
  accompaniment;  to  go  through  either  alone  or  in  company 
  with  others  with  a  regulated  succession  of  movements, 
  (commonly)  to  the  sound  of  music;  to  trip  or  leap 
  rhythmically. 
 
  Jack  shall  pipe  and  Gill  shall  dance.  --Wither. 
 
  Good  shepherd,  what  fair  swain  is  this  Which  dances 
  with  your  daughter?  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  move  nimbly  or  merrily;  to  express  pleasure  by  motion; 
  to  caper;  to  frisk;  to  skip  about 
 
  Then,  'tis  time  to  dance  off  --Thackeray. 
 
  More  dances  my  rapt  heart  Than  when  I  first  my 
  wedded  mistress  saw.  --Shak. 
 
  Shadows  in  the  glassy  waters  dance.  --Byron. 
 
  Where  rivulets  dance  their  wayward  round. 
  --Wordsworth. 
 
  {To  dance  on  a  rope},  or  {To  dance  on  nothing},  to  be  hanged. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Dance  \Dance\,  n.  [F.  danse,  of  German  origin.  See  {Dance},  v. 
  i.] 
  1.  The  leaping,  tripping,  or  measured  stepping  of  one  who 
  dances;  an  amusement,  in  which  the  movements  of  the 
  persons  are  regulated  by  art,  in  figures  and  in  accord 
  with  music. 
 
  2.  (Mus.)  A  tune  by  which  dancing  is  regulated,  as  the 
  minuet,  the  waltz,  the  cotillon,  etc 
 
  Note:  The  word  dance  was  used  ironically,  by  the  older 
  writers,  of  many  proceedings  besides  dancing. 
 
  Of  remedies  of  love  she  knew  parchance  For  of 
  that  art  she  couth  the  olde  dance.  --Chaucer. 
 
  {Dance  of  Death}  (Art),  an  allegorical  representation  of  the 
  power  of  death  over  all  --  the  old  the  young,  the  high, 
  and  the  low  being  led  by  a  dancing  skeleton. 
 
  {Morris  dance}.  See  {Morris}. 
 
  {To  lead  one  a  dance},  to  cause  one  to  go  through  a  series  of 
  movements  or  experiences  as  if  guided  by  a  partner  in  a 
  dance  not  understood. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  dance 
  n  1:  an  artistic  form  of  nonverbal  communication 
  2:  a  party  of  people  assembled  for  dancing 
  3:  taking  a  series  of  rhythmical  steps  (and  movements)  in  time 
  to  music  [syn:  {dancing},  {terpsichore}] 
  v  1:  move  in  a  graceful  and  rhythmical  way 
  2:  move  in  a  pattern;  usually  to  musical  accompaniment;  do  or 
  perform  a  dance  [syn:  {trip  the  light  fantastic}] 
  3:  skip,  leap,  or  move  up  and  down  or  sideways;  "Dancing 
  flames";  "The  children  danced  with  joy" 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Dance 
  found  in  Judg.  21:21,  23;  Ps  30:11;  149:3;  150:4;  Jer.  31:4, 
  13,  etc.,  as  the  translation  of  _hul_,  which  points  to  the 
  whirling  motion  of  Oriental  sacred  dances.  It  is  the  rendering 
  of  a  word  (rakad')  which  means  to  skip  or  leap  for  joy,  in  Eccl. 
  3:4;  Job  21:11;  Isa.  13:21,  etc 
 
  In  the  New  Testament  it  is  in  like  manner  the  translation  of 
  different  Greek  words  circular  motion  (Luke  15:25);  leaping  up 
  and  down  in  concert  (Matt.  11:17),  and  by  a  single  person  (Matt. 
  14:6). 
 
  It  is  spoken  of  as  symbolical  of  rejoicing  (Eccl.  3:4.  Comp. 
  Ps  30:11;  Matt.  11:  17).  The  Hebrews  had  their  sacred  dances 
  expressive  of  joy  and  thanksgiving,  when  the  performers  were 
  usually  females  (Ex.  15:20;  1  Sam.  18:6). 
 
  The  ancient  dance  was  very  different  from  that  common  among 
  Western  nations.  It  was  usually  the  part  of  the  women  only  (Ex. 
  15:20;  Judg.  11:34;  comp.  5:1).  Hence  the  peculiarity  of  David's 
  conduct  in  dancing  before  the  ark  of  the  Lord  (2  Sam.  6:14).  The 
  women  took  part  in  it  with  their  timbrels.  Michal  should  in 
  accordance  with  the  example  of  Miriam  and  others  have  herself 
  led  the  female  choir,  instead  of  keeping  aloof  on  the  occasion 
  and  "looking  through  the  window."  David  led  the  choir 
  "uncovered",  i.e.,  wearing  only  the  ephod  or  linen  tunic.  He 
  thought  only  of  the  honour  of  God,  and  forgot  himself. 
 
  From  being  reserved  for  occasions  of  religious  worship  and 
  festivity,  it  came  gradually  to  be  practised  in  common  life  on 
  occasions  of  rejoicing  (Jer.  31:4).  The  sexes  among  the  Jews 
  always  danced  separately.  The  daughter  of  Herodias  danced  alone 
  (Matt.  14:6). 
 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  DANCE,  v.i.  To  leap  about  to  the  sound  of  tittering  music,  preferably 
  with  arms  about  your  neighbor's  wife  or  daughter.  There  are  many 
  kinds  of  dances,  but  all  those  requiring  the  participation  of  the  two 
  sexes  have  two  characteristics  in  common:  they  are  conspicuously 
  innocent,  and  warmly  loved  by  the  vicious. 
 
 




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