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Definition of the noun dance

What does dance mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: dances

  1. an artistic form of nonverbal communication
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic terms: art / fine art = the products of human creativity
    • more specific words:
      • extension = the ability to raise the working leg high in the air
      • choreography = the representation of dancing by symbols as music is represented by notes
  2. a party of people assembled for dancing
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic word: party = a group of people gathered together for pleasure
    • more specific word: ball = the people assembled at a lavish formal dance
  3. taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
  4. a party for social dancing
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • more generic word: party = an occasion on which people can assemble for social interaction and entertainment
    • more specific terms:
      • formal / ball = a lavish dance requiring formal attire
      • barn dance = a dance party featuring country dancing
      • record hop / hop = an informal dance where popular music is played
      • rave = a dance party that lasts all night and electronically synthesized music is played

Alternative definition of the noun dance


  1. A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
  2. A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.
  3. [heraldiccharge] A fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
  4. A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
  5. [uncountable] The art, profession, and study of dancing.

Definition of the verb dance

What does dance mean as a doing word?

Dance is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: danced | dancing | dances

  1. move in a graceful and rhythmical way
    • examples: The young girl danced into the room | The crowds dance in the streets | The streets dance with crowds
    • lexical domain: Motions - verbs of walking, flying, swimming
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific words:
    • entailment: step = shift or move by taking a step
  2. move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
    • examples: My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio | Sam and Sue dance
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Sandy sangVerbs of Creation and Transformation: hum, play, recite, sing, whistle
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Beneficiary] [Theme]Sandy sang me a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]Sandy sang a song
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song for me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to [Beneficiary]Sandy sang a song to me
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]He waltzed her dizzyVerbs of Motion: boogie, bop, cancan, clog, conga, foxtrot, jig, jitterbug, jive, pirouette, polka, quickstep, rumba, samba, shuffle, tango, tapdance, waltz
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] to / into [Oblique, state]He waltzed her to exhaustion
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Path Preposition] [Location]He skated Penny around the rink | He waltzed her across the floor
      [Theme - being] [Verb]Claire skated | The ball rolled | They waltzed
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Oblique 1] to / into [Oblique 2, state]Claire skated her skates blades to shreds | She waltzed herself to sickness | We walked ourselves into a state of exhaustion
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Oblique 1] [Path Preposition] [Oblique 2]She waltzed the soles off her shoes
      [Theme - being] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location]They waltzed across the room
    • domain: dancing / saltation / terpsichore
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of dance: trip the light fantastic / trip the light fantastic toe
    • more generic word: move = move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion
    • more specific terms:
  3. skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways

Alternative definition of the verb dance


  1. [intransitive] To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
  2. [intransitive] To leap or move rapidly with strong emotion.
  3. [transitive] To perform the steps to.


"Dance" are two related paintings made by Henri Matisse between 1909 and 1910. The first, preliminary version is Matisse's study for the second version. The composition or arrangement of dancing figures is reminiscent of Blake's watercolour "Oberon, Titania and Puck with fairies dancing" from 1786.

  • also known as The Dance II
  • completed in (105 years ago)
  • media: oil paint
  • genre: Genre art


  1. "Dance" is the fifth studio album, and third under his own name, by the British musician Gary Numan, released in 1981. It is his first release after announcing his retirement from touring in April 1981. The album reached #3 on the UK charts, breaking his chain of three consecutive #1 albums.
  2. "Dance" is a song by American heavy metal band Ratt. It is the first track off their 1986 album Dancing Undercover and the tenth track of their compilation album Ratt & Roll 81-91. It reached #59 on the Billboard Top 100. The song was written by Stephen Pearcy, guitarists Robbin Crosby and Warren DeMartini, and album producer Beau Hill.
  3. Dance is a song by Romanian recording artist Alexandra Stan and the lead of her second studio album, Unlocked. While the song starts and ends with a pop-verse, its refrain consists a Saxophone sound, made of House music. The single was recorded in the Fonogram Studios.
  4. "Dance" a.k.a. "Dance!" is a song included on the album FIFA World Cup 2006 Soundtrack. It features R&B artist Lumidee and Fatman Scoop with SCORCCiO sample replays of the chorus from Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", and beats from the Coolie Dance riddim, both produced by Mark Summers.
  5. "Dance" is the eleventh and the most recent official album by SCH from 2007. The recording line-up was Teno and Azra Pallas. This electro-dance album, according to Vladimir Horvat of TerapijaNet, avoids "all hybrid commercial traps... [consisting of] 70 minutes of the pure joy of listening... Totally simple yet very sophisticated.
  6. "Dance" is a song by Filipino singer Nina from her 2011 studio album Stay Alive. It was initially released as the album's official lead single in August 2011, but was immediately pulled out of the radio after the album's release was postponed. In October 2011, the song was, again, released as a commercial single under Universal Records and received limited airplay. The song was originally written by Alexandra Prinz and Michael Gordon Lange, and it was produced by Ito Rapadas. The song talks about a woman who wants to get back together with her lover after breaking up with him. She misses her man, and is very undecided. She then goes to the club and dances her way to forgetting things and escaping loneliness.
  7. "Dance" is the third compilation album by Greek singer Despina Vandi, featuring a collection of dance music including both laïka and pop during her time at the Minos EMI label. The album was included as the second disc of the box set Despina Vandi in 2005.
  8. "Dance" is the third album by Paul Motian to be released on the ECM label. It was released in 1977 and features performances by Motian with David Izenzon and Charles Brackeen.
  9. "Dance" is Taiwanese Mandopop quartet boyband Lollipop F's fifth studio Mandarin album. It was released on 20 October 2011 by Gold Typhoon. This album is the group's second release under the name "Lollipop F".
  10. "Dance" is the 16th single of the Japanese pop singer Miho Komatsu. It is charted for 2 weeks and selling 11,000 copies. The song was used as an ending song for NTV show CW Love.
  11. "Dance" is the fifth studio album by American country rock band Pure Prairie League, released in 1976.
  12. "Dance" is the seventh studio album by Keller Williams, released in 2003. It contains remixes of songs from his preceding album, Laugh.
  13. "Dance" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  14. "Dance" is a musical single of Medcab.
    • released on (9 years ago)
  15. "Dance" is a musical single of Apollo.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  16. "Dance" a.k.a. "Dance!" is a musical single of Goleo VI presents Lumidee vs. Fatman Scoop, Goleo VI, Fatman Scoop & Lumidee.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  17. "Dance" is a 2013 single by Tal featuring Flo Rida.
    • released on
  18. "Dance" a.k.a. "Dance!" is a musical single of Dance Nation.
    • released on (12 years ago)
  19. "Dance" is a musical single of Skryptcha.
    • released on
  20. "Dance" is a 1995 studio album by Xuxa.
    • released in (20 years ago)


"Dance" a.k.a. "Take the Lead" is a 2006 musical drama film starring Antonio Banderas, Rob Brown, Alfre Woodard, Dante Basco, Elijah Kelley, Marcus T. Paulk, Jenna Dewan, Lauren Collins and also features former America's Next Top Model contestant, Yaya DaCosta. The film was released in mainstream cinema on April 7, 2006. Although based in New York City, the film was filmed in Toronto, and used stock footage of various New York City locations. The movie is based on the life of Pierre Dulaine, a well-known ballroom dancer and a dance instructor, known for 'Dancing Classrooms'.


Dance is a musical group.

  • albums: "Love Commando", "Ördög vagy angyal"


Dance a.k.a. Dańce is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Hanna, within Włodawa County, Lublin Voivodeship, in eastern Poland, close to the border with Belarus. It lies approximately 21 kilometres north-west of Włodawa and 80 km north-east of the regional capital Lublin.


  1. Dance is the art of movement of the body, usually rhythmically and to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures. "A dance" is any one prescribed sequence of such movements, or the music to which it is performed, or an event at which it takes place. Dance may also be regarded as a form of nonverbal communication recognisable in other animals; in bee dances and behaviour patterns such as mating dances.
    • also known as Χορός, 무용, नृत्‍य, Khiêu vũ, เต้นรำ, Танцы, Танок, الرقص
  2. Dance a.k.a. Dance film: A dance film is a film in which dance is a central theme of the story. In such films, the creation of choreography typically exists only in film or video. At its best, dance films use filming and editing techniques to create twists in the plotline, multiple layers of reality, and emotional or psychological depth.
  3. DANCE a.k.a. Fbln5 is a protein.

Phrases with Dance

Phrases starting with the word Dance:

  1. Dance Mat
  2. Dance pad
  3. Dance-Off
  4. dance band
  5. Dance card
  6. dance hall
  7. dance step

Phrases ending with the word Dance:

  1. fan dance
  2. Lap dance
  3. sun dance
  4. tap dance
  5. tap-dance
  6. Tea dance
  7. toe dance
  8. war dance
  9. Acro dance
  10. barn dance
  11. Cage Dance
  12. clog dance
  13. corn dance

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Dance

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Google previewHandbook of Inaesthetics (2005)

by Alain Badiou, Alberto Toscano

Dance is a metaphor for thought precisely inasmuch as it indicates, by means of the body, that a thought, in the form of its evental surge, is subtracted from...

Google previewMoving Lessons (2012)

Margaret H'Doubler and the Beginning of Dance in American Education by Janice Ross

Subjectively, a dance is an ideal toward which the imaginative mind reaches; a dance is a movement reality so formed...

such as tap, folk, group, and ballroom dancing, might be stated as follows: A dance is the rhythmic motor expression of ...

Google previewThe Bible, Cultural Identity, and Missions (2016)

by Daniel Berchie, Daniel Kwame Bediako, Dziedzorm Reuben Asafo

Dance is a tool for worship. However, in recent times, some religious leaders have condemned the use of Azonto during worship in the church because it seems perverted. There are a number of reasons assigned and there is a debate ...

Google previewSchools and Communities (2007)

Working together to transform children's lives by John West-Burnham, Maggie Farrar, George Otero

Dance is the physical embodiment of our highest aspirations and our most enduring hopes. Whatever form it takes, dance is an irresistible impulse. To dance is to trace the intricate patterns of our lives, to convey the breadth of feeling that ...

Google previewThe Nikolais/Louis Dance Technique (2016)

A Philosophy and Method of Modern Dance by Murray Louis, Alwin Nikolais

Basic dance is that state of balance and totality that is considered a norm or starting point.

Google previewUnworking Choreography (2017)

The Notion of the Work in Dance by Frédéric Pouillaude

Dance is an art deduced from life itself.

Dance is a kind of second nature that nonetheless constantly attests to the first: This second nature is what is farthest removed...

Dance is the moment where man tips into nonutility in order to refine it .

Google previewThe Male Dancer (2003)

Bodies, Spectacle and Sexuality by Ramsay Burt

For Sheets it will be recalled, the import of dance is the dance itself, and attempts to describe or label it can amount only to unhelpful approximations which reduce the specificity of the actual experience of ...

Google previewLet's Know Dances of India (2006)

by Aakriti Sinha

Dance is a performing art that becomes a prime source of expressing happiness on any occasion, transcending all barriers of culture and development. India is a nation with diverse cultures and languages. Dance and music have played a ...

Google previewMirrors and Scrims (2010)

The Life and Afterlife of Ballet by Marcia B. Siegel

Perhaps dance is the art form that needs criticism the most; since it cannot be viewed or heard or read except in the singular...

Google previewDance! (2011)

by Ann Stevenson

Dance is a mysterious and glorious gift, full of untapped spiritual treasures. Birthed from the Father's heart, dance has been fashioned for a purpose yet to be discovered by most. Dance, as we have known it, is a beautiful art form that can ...

Google previewThe Dead Don't Dance (2006)

A Novel of Awakening by Charles Martin

The Dead Don't Dance is the best book you will read this year! Bravo, Mr. Martin!” —PATRICIA HICKMAN, AWARDWINNING AUTHOR OF Fallen Angels and Nazareth's Song “The Dead Don't Dance is a poignant pageturner filled with loss, ...

Google previewDictionary of the Theatre (1998)

Terms, Concepts, and Analysis by Patrice Pavis, Christine Shantz

DANCE THEATRE Fr.: danse-theatre; Ger.: Tanztheater; Sp.: teatro bailado Dance theatre (an expression calqued on the German Tanztheater) is known mainly through the works of P. BAUSCH, but dates back to 1928, when the Folkwang ...

Google previewAsian American History and Culture: An Encyclopedia (2015)

An Encyclopedia by Huping Ling, Allan W. Austin

The Asian American Dance Theatre (AADT), founded in New York City in 1974 by Eleanor Yung, was one of the first...

intricacies, artistry, and beauty of Asian dance, ̄ while also educating mainstream audiences whose understanding of the ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of World Folk Dance (2016)

by Mary Ellen Snodgrass

boine scalp dance, English volta, Scots highland fling, Samoan coming-of-age ritual, Central African Republic circumcision ceremony, Caribbean quinceañera dance, commedia dell'arte moresca, and cotton-eye Joe. gendered designated for ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the New York School Poets (2015)

dance. and. the. New. York. School. poets. "Ballet is the most modern of the arts," wrote Frank O'Hara and Bill Berkson in1961. "Itis made upexclusively of qualities whichother arts only aspire to in order to be truly modern: daring, risk, chance, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Native American Healing (1996)

by William S. Lyon

Ganegwāe Iroquois, Northeast The Eagle Dance, which is widespread among the different Iroquois nations. It is a healing ...

Google previewWorld of a Slave: Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States [2 volumes] (2010)

Encyclopedia of the Material Life of Slaves in the United States by Kym S. Rice, Martha B. Katz-Hyman

Dance and music were activities of life-sustaining importance to the people enslaved in the American South. From the 1620s to the 1860s, on small farms and great plantations, in village workshops and city factories, from southern Delaware to ...

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Quotes about Dance

a beautiful dance

if only
we could dance
all around this world

a dance of beauty
to make this world sing
to the dance of love

Inspired by ‘We Made Them Dance’ by Miroslava Odalovic
(Terence George Craddock)
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The value of this 5-letter word is 8 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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