Word of the Day: Dance

dance / dans




1. to move one’s body and feet in a rhythmic motion, usually to music

Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances.

Maya Angelou, 1928-2014


2. to move in a lively manner due to excitement

We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.

Albert Einstein, 1879-1955


3. to perform a certain type of rhythmic motion

Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.

Dave Barry, 1947-


4. to get somewhere or cause something to happen by rhythmic motion of the body

Dressed in a purple cap and gown, the North Carolina pre-k grad danced her way across the ceremony stage with the sweetest confidence.





1. an instance of moving one’s body in a rhythmic pattern, often predetermined, usually to music

You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it.

Rajneesh, 1931-1990


2. a party or gathering meant for rhythmic movement to music; a ball

One pretty woman means fun at the dance.

Robert Jordan, 1948-2007


3. the act of rhythmic movement

Dance is the hidden language of the soul.

Martha Graham, 1894-1991


4. a piece of music with a rhythm and tempo intended for rhythmic movement of the body and feet

See the music, hear the dance.

George Balanchine, 1904-1983