trance

noun
\ ˈtran(t)s How to pronounce trance (audio) \

Definition of trance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb
tranced; trancing

Definition of trance (Entry 2 of 2)

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Other Words from trance

Noun

trancelike \ ˈtran(t)s-​ˌlīk How to pronounce trancelike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for trance

Synonyms: Noun

daydreaming, reverie (also revery), study, woolgathering

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Examples of trance in a Sentence

Noun

The spiritual healer fell into a trance. He was staring out the window in a trance.

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The first being the duo’s trippy electronica, equal parts trance-inducing mind game and dance-floor-filling groove, that has made them an Ultra Music Festival staple. Ben Crandell, sun-sentinel.com, "Weekend preview: Women and beers and TVs we love, plus a Bon Jovi dance party?," 7 Aug. 2019 And there is always a fascinating rhythm: Even if a song is framed by a straightforward meter, listeners can dig into the nuances within in, losing themselves in a trance. Elizabeth Nonemaker, baltimoresun.com, "Vieux Farka Touré brings the sounds of Mali to Baltimore," 19 July 2019 And third, there's the trance-inducing motion itself, made all the more bewitching by the checkerboard pattern on the table. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Need to See How This "Self-Healing" Table Is Made," 8 July 2019 Alok, 27, is the son of two Brazilian psy-trance DJs who founded the Universo Paralello festival in northern Brazil. Alexei Barrionuevo, Billboard, "Brazilian Sensation Alok Drops 'The Wall,' His Official Remake of the Pink Floyd Classic: Exclusive," 27 June 2019 Besides the sounds, he was surrounded by enormous video screens that kept everyone in a zombie-like trance. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summerfest 2019: Steve Aoki, Hanson and the best and the worst on the side stages on opening day," 27 June 2019 Whether the actress is on the red carpet or the big screen, her mane moments leave us mesmerized and her latest ‘do has the internet in a trance. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "You Have To See Zendaya's Fiery New Look," 18 June 2019 As beautiful as the Rhine Gorge is, as beautiful as the Wachau Valley is, to be on the Moselle is like being in a trance for three or four days. National Geographic, "Memorable Moments on Europe’s Rivers with Cruise Director Richard Grey," 12 June 2019 One who stares fixedly at his navel to induce a mystical trance —often used of the hesychasts. Mary Hui, Quartz, "Karmadharaya, thymele, and tjaele: Words from the Spelling Bee’s 8-way-tie finish," 31 May 2019

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Once inside, there's something happening everywhere, with sounds from techno, to house, to hardstyle to bass to EDM to trance coming at your ears from all directions. Brittany Gaston, Billboard, "15 Years In, Tomorrowland Is a Spectacle of Both Massive Size and Thoughtful Detail," 23 July 2019 As Florence trances the edge of this high pressure system, by later Friday or so, the atmospheric steering currents essentially break down. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The Hurricane Florence forecast has gone from bad to worse," 12 Sep. 2018 But as people danced, shouted along, tranced out or (sometimes) shielded their ears, all the gear was still at the service of human beings. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "At Moogfest, Untamed Sounds and Futuristic Protests," 22 May 2017

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First Known Use of trance

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trance

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

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trance

noun

English Language Learners 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

trance

noun
\ ˈtrans How to pronounce trance (audio) \

Kids Definition of trance

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

trance

noun
\ ˈtran(t)s How to pronounce trance (audio) \

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

Other Words from trance

trancelike \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce trancelike (audio) \ or trance-like adjective
a trancelike state

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