Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or an instance of entering.
  • n. A means or point by which to enter.
  • n. Permission or power to enter; admission: gained entrance to medical school.
  • n. The point, as in a musical score, at which a performer begins.
  • n. The first entry of an actor into a scene.
  • n. Nautical The immersed part of a ship's hull forward of the middle body.
  • transitive v. To put into a trance.
  • transitive v. To fill with delight, wonder, or enchantment: a child who was entranced by a fairy tale. See Synonyms at charm, enrapture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The action of entering, or going in.
  • n. The place of entering, as a gate or doorway.
  • n. The right to go in.
  • v. To delight and fill with wonder.
  • v. To put into a trance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of entering or going into; ingress; ; hence, the act of taking possession, as of property, or of office.
  • n. Liberty, power, or permission to enter.
  • n. The passage, door, or gate, for entering.
  • n. The entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation.
  • n. The causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering.
  • n.
  • n. The angle which the bow of a vessel makes with the water at the water line.
  • n. The bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line.
  • transitive v. To put into a trance; to make insensible to present objects.
  • transitive v. To put into an ecstasy; to ravish with delight or wonder; to enrapture; to charm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put into a trance; withdraw consciousness or sensibility from; make insensible to present objects.
  • To put into an ecstasy; ravish with delight or wonder; enrapture.
  • n. The act of entering, as a place, an occupation, a period of time, etc.; a going or coming into; hence, accession; the act of entering into possession: with into or upon: as, the entrance of a person into a room; the entrance of an army; one's entrance upon study, into business, into or upon the affairs of life, or upon his twentieth year; the entrance of a man into office, or upon the duties of his office; the entrance of an heir into his estate.
  • n. The power or liberty of entering; admission.
  • n. Means or place of access; an opening for admission; an inlet: as, the entrance to a house or a harbor.
  • n. An entering upon or into a course, a subject, or the like; beginning; initiation; introduction.
  • n. A report by the master of a vessel, first in person and afterward in writing, of its arrival at port to the chief officer of customs residing there, in the manner prescribed by law.
  • n. The bow of a vessel, or form of the forebody, under the load water-line: opposed to run.
  • n. In phonetics, the initial movement in producing a sound; the ‘attack’ or on-glide.
  • n. In music of a concerted sort, the point at which or the effect with which any one of the parts begins, especially when not at the beginning of a piece or passage.

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

  • n. the act of entering
  • n. a movement into or inward
  • n. something that provides access (to get in or get out)
  • v. put into a trance
  • v. attract; cause to be enamored

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English entraunce, right to enter, from Old French, from entrer, to enter; see enter.

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From Middle French entrance ("entry")

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From en- + trance ("daze")

Examples

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  • Adit, door; charm, fascinate. The entrance will entrance you.

    November 22, 2007