Dance v. i. [imp. & p. p. Danced p. pr. & vb. n. Dancing.]
1. To move with measured steps, or to a musical accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company with others, with a regulated succession of movements, (commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap rhythmically.
Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither.
Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
Which dances with your daughter? --Shak.
2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
Then, 'tis time to dance off. --Thackeray.
More dances my rapt heart
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw. --Shak.
Shadows in the glassy waters dance. --Byron.
Where rivulets dance their wayward round. --Wordsworth.
To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.
Dan·cing p. a. & vb. n. from Dance.
Dancing girl, one of the women in the East Indies whose profession is to dance in the temples, or for the amusement of spectators. There are various classes of dancing girls.
Dancing master, a teacher of dancing.
Dancing school, a school or place where dancing is taught.
n : taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time
to music [syn: dance, terpsichore, saltation]