from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dance consisting of elaborate figures.


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  • Some, brought up as mountebanks and ballet-dancers, were performing a figure-dance (he regretted to observe, that, of the fleas so employed, several were females); others were in training, in a small card-board box, for pedestrians, -- mere sporting characters -- and two were actually engaged in the cold-blooded and barbarous occupation of duelling; a pursuit from which humanity recoiled with horror and disgust.

    Mudfog and Other Sketches

  • [3] "On certain great occasions, the twelve Judges (who are generally between sixty and seventy years of age) sing the song and dance the figure-dance," etc.

    The Complete Poems of Sir Thomas Moore Collected by Himself with Explanatory Notes

  • Junius cannot manage a long sentence; it has all the 'ins' and 'outs' of a snappish figure-dance.

    Literary Remains, Volume 1

  • The _Cone_ is a figure-dance, in which they use particularly a string-instrument in the nature of

    A Treatise on the Art of Dancing

  • a theatre completely fitted up with pit, boxes, and gallery, and let us have a play entire from beginning to end; so as it be a German play, no matter what, with a good tricking, shifting afterpiece, and a figure-dance, and a hornpipe, and a song between the acts.

    Mansfield Park


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