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trance

Definitions

  • Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
    Serenely Wandering in a Trance of Sober Thought
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v trance attract; cause to be enamored "She captured all the men's hearts"
    • n trance a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep
    • n trance a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Trance (Med) A condition, often simulating death, in which there is a total suspension of the power of voluntary movement, with abolition of all evidences of mental activity and the reduction to a minimum of all the vital functions so that the patient lies still and apparently unconscious of surrounding objects, while the pulsation of the heart and the breathing, although still present, are almost or altogether imperceptible. "He fell down in a trance ."
    • Trance A state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being, or to be rapt into visions; an ecstasy. "And he became very hungry, and would have eaten; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance .""My soul was ravished quite as in a trance ."
    • Trance A tedious journey.
    • Trance To entrance. "And three I left him tranced ."
    • Trance To pass over or across; to traverse. "Trance the world over.""When thickest dark did trance the sky."
    • v. i Trance To pass; to travel.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n trance A journeying or journey over a country; especially, a tedious journey.
    • n trance A passage, especially a passage inside a house.
    • trance To tramp; travel.
    • n trance A passing away or apart; a state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being; a state of insensibility to mundane things; a rapture; an ecstasy.
    • n trance A state of perplexity or bewilderment; amaze.
    • n trance In medicine, catalepsy; ecstasy; the hypnotic state.
    • trance To entrance; place in or as in a trance or rapture.
    • trance To hold or bind with or as with a charm or spell; overspread or shroud as with a spell; charm; enchant.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Trance trans a morbid sleep, differing from natural repose in duration, in profound insensibility, &c
    • Trance the concomitant or symptom of diseases of the nervous system, particularly hysteria: catalepsy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. transe, fright, in OF. also, trance or swoon, fr. transir, to chill, benumb, to be chilled, to shiver, OF. also, to die, L. transire, to pass over, go over, pass away, cease; trans, across, over + ire, to go; cf. L. transitus, a passing over. See Issue, and cf. Transit

Usage

In literature:

Zora shook herself from the trance-like horror and passed her hands across her eyes to drive out the nightmare.
"The Quest of the Silver Fleece" by W. E. B. Du Bois
Even the passing of his early years of trance does not arouse scepticism.
"H. G. Wells" by J. D. Beresford
With Savonarola fasts were succeeded by trances, and trances by tempests of vehement improvization.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
The touch of that hand brought me out of my trance-like state.
"A Woman Named Smith" by Marie Conway Oemler
Hiram sat stupefied, horrified, in a trance, in a maze.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. IV. October, 1863, No. IV." by Various
After her delivery, she lay as if in a trance, neither dead, nor at rest, but as if frozen to ice, and conscious of it all the while.
"The Haunters & The Haunted" by Various
For a time he appeared to be in a trance.
"The Wild Tribes of Davao District, Mindanao" by Fay-Cooper Cole
For a while I lay in a sort of pleasant trance.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
With fearful ecstasy and holy trance The pausing mind!
"The Poetical Works of William Lisle Bowles, Vol. 1" by William Lisle Bowles
He shook himself as though rousing from a trance.
"Daughter of the Sun" by Jackson Gregory
Such as these naturally find what they seek in the phenomena of trance mediumship.
"Modern Religious Cults and Movements" by Gaius Glenn Atkins
With eyes filled and lips vaguely moving he fell into a strange revery, a sort of tranced stupor.
"While Caroline Was Growing" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
In Lucie's case this went further, and the suggested actions became absolutely a portion of the trance-life.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
Methinks I see him now, as when he knelt by my bedside, after I aroused from my long and deadly trance.
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
Selena was still buying Souvenirs, but doing it mechanically, as if in a Trance.
"Ade's Fables" by George Ade
But them keen old eyes of his don't miss much that's going on, even when he seems to be in a trance.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford
Besides, the trance stuff is just what I'm lookin' for.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
In this intense trance of feeling it breaks upon her finally that he is right.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Trance Condition Not Essential.
"Genuine Mediumship or The Invisible Powers" by Bhakta Vishita
Berta seemed to wake up suddenly from a trance.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
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In poetry:

For the Best no more he sighed;
Rode as in a trance;
Life grew poor, undignified,
And he spake of chance.
"The Sangreal" by George MacDonald
And now again the Autumn skies,
As on that evening, shine,
When, from a trance of agony,
I woke to joy divine.
"A Dream That Was Not All A Dream" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
And when I saw thee lightly whirl
Through that ecstatic dance,
My happy spirit flew with thee,
As in a joyous trance.
"To Lora Gordon Boon" by James Avis Bartley
Midway in the Maytide trance
Tombs were shining whitely;
'Twas the churchyard met our glance--
None might view it lightly.
"The Postilion" by Nikolaus Lenau
Yes! oft my tranced fancy sees,
Mid evening's deepening shade,
Thy airy form--and, in the breeze,
Thy voice I hear, sweet maid!
"Ellen" by James Avis Bartley
For morning, with a ray of tenderest joy
Gilding the iron heaven, hides the truth,
And evening gently woos us to employ
Our grief in idle catches. Such is youth;
Till from that summer's trance we wake, to find
Despair before us, vanity behind.
"Sonnet XXV" by George Santayana

In news:

Students Stuck in a Trance .
Remember those Trance Nation CDs.
The place for drum and bass, trance and house.
The Sacred Writer's Trance .
Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel Ready For Danny Boyle's ' Trance '.
James McAvoy in early talks for ' Trance '.
Fassbender in talks for Danny Boyle's ' Trance '.
Michael Fassbender is in talks to join " Trance, " which Danny Boyle is set to direct.
Mixed Results DJ Kaskade's latest takes his music to a lighter place, but don't call it ' trance .
Giant Trance X 0 Wins Magazine Award.
And You Can Trance To It.
Brooks Trance 6 $135 Men's 8-15.
The completely redesigned Trance includes Brooks' most advanced technologies.
The past four generations of the Trance were tagged the NXT, NXG, NXS, and NXR.
Giant's New Trance X 29er.
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In science:

On the other hand, the trance part of hij given by Eq. (4.2) is n˜h(L) .
Decomposition of linear metric perturbations on generic background spacetime -- Toward higher-order general-relativistic gauge-invariant perturbation theory
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