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trance

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noun \ ˈtran(t)s \

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

trancelike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of trance in a Sentence

  1. The spiritual healer fell into a trance.

  2. He was staring out the window in a trance.

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Origin and Etymology 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


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trance

verb

Definition of trance

tranced; trancing
transitive verb

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First Known Use of trance

circa 1598


TRANCE Defined for English Language Learners

trance

play
noun

Definition of trance for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TRANCE Defined for Kids

trance

play
noun \ ˈtrans \

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 Dictionary

trance

play
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

trancelike

play \-ˌlīk\ or trance-like adjective
    • a trancelike state


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