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