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.
(Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
The word dance was used ironically, by the older writers, of many proceedings besides dancing.
Of remedies of love she knew parchanceChaucer.
For of that art she couth the olde dance.
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.
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