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dance

noun

1 dance

An artistic form of nonverbal communication.

Roget 840: amusement, entertainment, recreation, fun, game, fun and games; diversion, divertissement; reaction, solace; pastime, passetemps [Fr.], sport; ... show more

Roget 315: agitation, stir, tremor, shake, ripple, jog, jolt, jar, jerk, shock, succussion, trepidation, quiver, quaver, ... show more

Roget 314: oscillation; vibration, libration; motion of a pendulum; nutation; undulation; pulsation; pulse.    alternation; coming and going etc. v.; ebb and flow, flux and reflux, ... show more



2 dance

A party of people assembled for dancing.

3 dance

Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music.

synonyms: dancing, saltation, terpsichore.

Dutch: dans, dansen
Polish: taniec, tan

4 dance

A party for social dancing.

Dutch: dansfeest
Polish: balety, potańcówka, tańce, zabawa

verb

1 dance

Move in a graceful and rhythmical way.

Roget 838: rejoice, thank one's stars, bless one's stars; congratulate oneself, hug oneself; rub one's hands, clap one's hands; smack the lips, fling up one's cap; dance, skip; sing, carol, chirrup, ... show more

Roget 315: be agitated &c.; shake; tremble, tremble like an aspen leaf; quiver, quaver, quake, shiver, twitter, twire, writhe, toss, shuffle, ... show more

Roget 314: oscillate; vibrate, librate; alternate, undulate, wave; rock, swing; pulsate, beat; wag, waggle; nod, bob, ... show more

Roget 840: amuse, entertain, divert, enliven; tickle the fancy; titillate, raise a smile, put in good humor; cause laughter, create laughter, occasion laughter, raise laughter, excite laughter, produce laughter, ... show more

2 dance

Move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance:
— My husband and I like to dance at home to the radio.

synonyms: trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe.

Roget 309: leap; jump up, jump over the moon; hop, spring, bound, vault, ramp, cut capers, trip, skip, dance, caper; ... show more

Dutch: dansen

3 dance

Skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways.


Moby thesaurus: Charleston, Highland fling, Lambeth Walk, Mexican hat dance, Portland fancy, Virginia reel, Watusi, acid rock, allemande, antic, arabesque, assemblee, assembly, assignation, at home, avant-garde jazz, bal, bal costume, bal masque, ball ... show more.

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