—v.i. 1. to move one's feet or body, or both, rhythmically in a pattern of steps, esp. to the accompaniment of music.
2. to leap, skip, etc., as from excitement or emotion; move nimbly or quickly: to dance with joy. 3. to bob up and down: The toy sailboats danced on the pond.
—v.t. 1. to perform or take part in (a dance): to dance a waltz. 2. to cause to dance: He danced her around the ballroom. 3. to cause to be in a specified condition by dancing: She danced her way to stardom. 4. dance attendance. See attendance (def. 4).
5. dance on air,Slang.to be hanged.
6. dance to another tune, to change one's behavior, attitudes, etc.
—n. 1. a successive group of rhythmical steps or bodily motions, or both, usually executed to music.
2. an act or round of dancing; set: May I have this dance? 3. the art of dancing: to study dance. 4. a social gathering or party for dancing; ball: Was he invited to the dance? 5. a piece of music suited in rhythm or style to a particular form of dancing: He liked the composer's country dances. 6. Animal Behav.a stylized pattern of movements performed by an animal, as a bird in courtship display, or an insect, as a honeybee in indicating a source of nectar.
7. the dance,ballet, interpretive dancing, and other dancing of an artistic nature performed by professional dancers before an audience.