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  • adj. Pertaining to or suitable for ballet.

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  • adj. of or pertaining to ballet{1}.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. characteristic of or resembling or suitable for ballet


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  • One reason that the violence in "The Matrix"—those floating fistfights, the annihilation of entire squads of soldiers by cartwheeling guerrillas—can fairly be called balletic is that, according to the rules of the movie, what is being destroyed is not real in the first place: the action has the safety of play and the excitement of the apocalyptic.

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  • John Woo's singular filmmaking style, as well as the first time I heard the term "balletic" used to describe gunplay rather than, well, ballet.


  • He performed a samba that was clean, energetic and crisp, but the judges gave him very flimsy scores - tying him for last place in the round - insisting that his style was too "balletic" for the samba and that his feet weren't pointed correctly.

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  • There was certainly nothing conventionally "balletic" about Margot's display of anguish, the kind of raw, visceral emotion said to have defined Sarah Bernhardt's portrayal of Marguerite.

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  • Luke slides his offset spatula under each one and then, as he goes to retract it, adds the little flourish, the barely perceptible twist of the wrist, that makes his work look simultaneously more mechanical and more balletic.

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  • Even without choreography, Stiles 'balletic training shines through her pedestrian movements.

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  • You swerve and glide through neighborhoods and business and bar districts in balletic curves and parries, surrounded by the cityscape, surrounded by all the cement and glass canyons.

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  • And there's a piece of pure Redgrave poetry when, learning that her accusation that Hoke has pinched a tin of salmon is totally groundless, she scoops up a trashcan with a fluid balletic movement as if to suggest that her airy insouciance could act as a form of exculpation.

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  • Bijan Sheibani's balletic production – which features waitresses dangling above the stage on wires – flies on a central and prescient quality of Wesker's drama: The Kitchen slips between the practical and the dreamlike, and lets movement take over from words.

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  • Chewing tobacco must be lucky for these handsome young men with their jutting jaws and balletic baseball moves, sliding, stretching, pitching, catching, running: once you get into it, baseball is such a fun -- and graceful game -- you don't even need cheerleaders.

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