(1)   Taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
(2)   An artistic form of nonverbal communication
(3)   A party for social dancing
(4)   A party of people assembled for dancing


(5)   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"
(6)   Move in a graceful and rhythmical way
"The young girl danced into the room"
(7)   Skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways
"Dancing flames"
"The children danced with joy"


From , from , dauncer, from dancier, of origin, from or *dansōn, dansjan 'to draw, pull, gesture'; cf. dansōn 'to draw, pull'; further akin to dinsan 'to draw out', þinsan 'to drag, draw, pull', þenian 'to stretch out'. See thin.


  1. A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
  2. A social gathering where dancing is designed to take place.
  3. 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. The art, profession, and study of dancing.


  1. To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
    I danced with her all night long.
  2. To leap or move rapidly with strong emotion.
    His eyes danced with pleasure as he spoke.
  3. To perform the steps to.
    Have you ever danced the tango?

See also

  • Appendix:Dances