American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat.
- n. A piece of music for this dance.
- n. An instrumental or vocal composition in triple time.
- n. Informal Something that presents no difficulties and can be accomplished with little effort.
- v. To dance the waltz.
- v. Slang To move unhesitantly, briskly, and with aplomb: always waltzes into the office 30 minutes late.
- v. Informal To accomplish a task, chore, or assignment with little effort: waltzed through the exams.
- v. To dance the waltz with.
- v. Slang To lead or force to move briskly and purposefully; march: waltzed them into the principal's office.
- idiom. waltz Matilda Australian To travel about, especially on foot, carrying a swag.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Arouud dance, probably of Bohe mian origin, which has been extraordinarily popular since the latter part of the eighteenth century. It is danced by couples, the partners in each couple moving together in a series of whirling steps—either advancing continuously in the same direction, or varying this with “reversing” or turning the opposite way. The regular form of the waltz is known as the trois temps—the more rapid form deux-temps containing six steps to every two of the other. The derivation of the waltz is disputed, the French often claiming its descent from the volta, and the Germans from the allemande; but it is probably a development of the slow and simple länd ler. Its popularity has decidedly overshadowed that of all other fashionable dances.
- n. Music for such a dance, or in its rhythm, which is triple and moderately quick. Waltzes are usually made up of sections of eight or sixteen measures. Several such sections are often written to be per formed in succession, and are then provided with an in troduction and a coda.
- To dance a waltz, or in the movement or step of a waltz.
- To move lightly or trippingly or swiftly as in a waltz: as, the young people waltzed into the room.
- n. A ballroom dance in 3/4 time.
- n. A piece of music for this dance (or in triple time).
- n. informal A simple task.
- v. intransitive, transitive To dance the waltz (with).
- v. informal To accomplish a task with little effort.
- v. intransitive, transitive To move briskly and unhesitatingly.
- v. transitive To move with fanfare.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A dance performed by two persons in circular figures with a whirling motion; also, a piece of music composed in triple measure for this kind of dance.
- v. To dance a waltz.
- v. dance a waltz
- n. a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat
- n. music composed in triple time for waltzing
- n. an assured victory (especially in an election)
- German Walzer, from walzen ("to dance"), from Old High German walzan ("to turn"), from Proto-Germanic *walt- (“to turn”), from Proto-Indo-European *wel- (“to turn”). (Wiktionary)
- German Walzer, from walzen, to turn about, from Middle High German, to roll, from Old High German walzan. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That's what they call the waltz stroke, I guess," Connie said; "they'd get along better if they had some dreamy music.”
“To this day, Strauss's magnificent waltz is the veritable anthem of Vienna.”
“Though the thought of some sort of hybrid contest airing on MSNBC, in which Congressional seats hang in the balance of who can best master the waltz, is strangely enticing.”
“And damn, what a song: it's almost like a hymn in waltz form, with the stately organ and simple melody.”
“I'm not saying you can't dance to it, but as David Hamilton wrote, a Strauss waltz is as much about dancing as it is for dancing.”
“The waltz is their favorite dance, in which old and young join with the greatest avidity; it is not unusual to see parents and their grown-up children dancing in the same set in a public ball-room.”
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“Ok, this one's by me - a waltz, which is very representative of French music and very representative of Paris.”
“Bristol Palin gets to reinterpret Kelly Osbourne's Viennese waltz, which is lucky because Bristol is at her best when she's firmly in the grip of her partner Mark Ballas.”
“The waltz is a dance form we generally associate with peoples east of the Rhine but it reached its ultimate incarnation in Ravel's "La Valse," composed in 1919-20.”
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