trance

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noun

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: a sleeplike state (as of deep hypnosis) usually characterized by partly suspended animation with diminished or absent sensory and motor activity
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: a state of profound abstraction or absorption
trancelike adjective

trance

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verb

tranced; trancing

Examples of trance in a Sentence

Noun The spiritual healer fell into a trance. He was staring out the window in a trance.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
These conversations took place in dreams, trances and hallucinations, often between two beings using mirrors. James L. Fitzsimmons, The Conversation, 1 May 2024 Fall into a trance with Mergui’s Shadows of Blue here. Daniela Avila, Peoplemag, 10 May 2024 Soft laughter occasionally broke the trance of our humble work. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 May 2024 Immersing herself back into that darkness, combined with experimenting with new sounds — from a string quartet to glittery dance-floor trance — makes Hit Me Hard and Soft Eilish’s best album yet. Angie Martoccio, Rolling Stone, 24 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for trance 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of trance was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Trance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/trance. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

trance

noun
ˈtran(t)s
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2
: a sleeplike state (as of deep hypnosis)
3
: a state of being so deeply absorbed in something as to be unaware of one's surroundings
trancelike
-ˌlīk
adjective

Medical Definition

trance

noun
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 adjective
or trance-like
a trancelike state

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