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English noun: dance

1. dance (communication) an artistic form of nonverbal communication

Broader (hypernym)art, fine art

Narrower (hyponym)choreography, extension

Domain category memberschoreograph, heel, hoof, tap dance

2. dance (group) a party of people assembled for dancing

Broader (hypernym)party

Narrower (hyponym)ball

3. dance (act) taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music

Synonymsdancing, saltation, terpsichore

Broader (hypernym)diversion, performing arts, recreation

Narrower (hyponym)adagio, break dance, break dancing, ceremonial dance, choreography, courante, duet, hoofing, mambo, nauch, nautch, nautch dance, pas de deux, pas de quatre, pas de trois, pas seul, pavan, pavane, phrase, ritual dance, ritual dancing, saraband, skank, slam dance, slam dancing, social dancing, stage dancing, step dancing, toe dance, toe dancing, variation

Domain category membersbelly dance, busker, clog, dance, heel, jive, shimmy, sidestep, tap, tap dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

4. dance (event) a party for social dancing

Broader (hypernym)party

Narrower (hyponym)ball, barn dance, formal, hop, rave, record hop

English verb: dance

1. dance (motion) move in a graceful and rhythmical way

SamplesThe young girl danced into the room.

ExamplesThe crowds dance in the streets, The streets dance with crowds

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)capriole, chasse, glissade, sashay


Verb groupdance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

2. dance (creation) move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

SamplesMy husband and I like to dance at home to the radio.

ExamplesSam and Sue dance

Synonymstrip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)bebop, belly dance, boogie, bop, break, break dance, break-dance, bump, cakewalk, cha-cha, Charleston, clog, conga, contra danse, contradance, contredanse, country-dance, disco, folk dance, foxtrot, grind, heel, hoof, jig, jitterbug, jive, kick, mambo, mosh, one-step, polka, quickstep, rhumba, rumba, samba, shag, shimmy, skank, slam, slam dance, square dance, tango, tap, tap dance, tapdance, thrash, twist, two-step, waltz, waltz around

Verb groupdance

Domain categorydance, dancing, saltation, terpsichore

3. dance (motion) skip, leap, or move up and down or sideways

SamplesDancing flames.
The children danced with joy.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)move

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