Simple Definition of trance
: a state that is like being asleep except that you can move and respond to questions and commands like a person who is awake
: a state in which you are not aware of what is happening around you because you are thinking of something else
Examples of trance in a sentence
The spiritual healer fell into a trance.
He was staring out the window in a trance.
Origin of trance
Middle English traunce, from Anglo-French transe death, coma, rapture, from transir to depart, die, from Latin transire to cross, pass by — more at transient
First Known Use: 14th century
First Known Use of trance
TRANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of trance for Students
1 : a condition like sleep (as deep hypnosis)
2 : a state of being so deeply absorbed in thought about something as to be unaware of anything else
3 : stupor <What with the brandy and the venison … I fell into a kind of trance … — Robert Louis Stevenson, Kidnapped>
Medical Definition of trance
1: a sleeplike altered state of consciousness (as of deep hypnosis) usually characterized by partly suspended animation with diminished or absent sensory and motor activity and subsequent lack of recall
2: a state of profound abstraction or absorption
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