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1trance

noun \ˈtran(t)s\

: 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

Full Definition of TRANCE

1
:  stupor, daze
2
:  a sleeplike state (as of deep hypnosis) usually characterized by partly suspended animation with diminished or absent sensory and motor activity
3
:  a state of profound abstraction or absorption
trance·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective
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Examples of TRANCE

  1. The spiritual healer fell into a trance.
  2. 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

2trance

transitive verb
trancedtranc·ing

Definition of TRANCE

First Known Use of TRANCE

circa 1598

Rhymes with TRANCE

TRANCE Defined for Kids

trance

noun \ˈtrans\

Definition of TRANCE for Kids

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 Dictionary

trance

noun \ˈtran(t)s\

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
trance·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

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