Definition of Trance

1. Noun. A psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation.




2. Verb. Attract; cause to be enamored. "The performance is likely to trance Sue"; "She captured all the men's hearts"

3. Noun. A state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep.
Generic synonyms: Unconsciousness
Specialized synonyms: Hypnotic Trance, Ecstatic State, Religious Trance

Definition of Trance

1. n. A tedious journey.

2. v. t. To entrance.

3. v. i. To pass; to travel.

Definition of Trance

1. Noun. A dazed or unconscious condition. ¹

2. Noun. (consciousness) A state of concentration, awareness and/or focus that filters information and experience; e.g. meditation, possession, etc. ¹

3. Noun. (psychology) A state of low response to stimulus and diminished, narrow attention. ¹

4. Noun. (psychology) The previous state induced by hypnosis. ¹

5. Noun. Trance music, a genre of electronic dance music. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Trance

1. to put into a trance (a semiconscious state) [v TRANCED, TRANCING, TRANCES]

Medical Definition of Trance

1. 1. A tedious journey. 2. 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. 3. 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." (Chaucer) Origin: 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. (17 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Trance

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trance (current term)
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Literary usage of Trance

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1. The Harvard Classics by Charles William Eliot (1910)
"Of one who has entered the first trance the voice has ceased; of one who has ... What is the trance of cessation? It is the stoppage of all mentality by a ..."

2. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1902)
"THE SYMPTOMS OF THE trance. This accounts for the altogether indefinite array of symptoms which have been gathered together as characteristic of the ..."

3. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, Literature and (1911)
"It we refuse the name trance to ordinary sleep-walking, to Dormal dreaming, to catalepsy, to the hypnotic state and to stupor, there remain two different ..."

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