From Middle English dauncen, daunsen, a borrowing from Anglo-Norman dauncer, dancer (“to dance”) (compare Old French dancier), from Frankish *dansōn (“to draw, pull, stretch out, gesture”) (compare Old High German dansōn (“to draw, pull”)), from Proto-Germanic *þansōną, from *þinsaną (“to draw, pull”). More at thin.
dance (countable and uncountable, plural dances)
- A sequence of rhythmic steps or movements usually performed to music, for pleasure or as a form of social interaction.
- A social gathering where dancing is the main activity.
- (heraldry) A normally horizontal stripe called a fess that has been modified to zig-zag across the center of a coat of arms from dexter to sinister.
- A genre of modern music characterised by sampled beats, repetitive rhythms and few lyrics.
- (uncountable) The art, profession, and study of dancing.
- A piece of music with a particular dance rhythm.
- (figuratively) A battle of wits, especially one commonly fought between two rivals.
dance (third-person singular simple present dances, present participle dancing, simple past and past participle danced)
- (intransitive) To move with rhythmic steps or movements, especially in time to music.
- (intransitive) To leap or move lightly and rapidly.
- (transitive) To perform the steps to.
- (transitive) To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about.
- (figuratively, euphemistic) To make love or have sex.