from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a pace like that which is adopted for a few steps, by a horse, when passing from a walk into a trot, or a trot into a walk.
  • n. a ballroom dance for couples in quadruple time, combining short and long and fast and slow steps in fixed sequences.
  • intransitive v. To dance the foxtrot.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A pace, as of a horse, consisting of a series of short steps, usually adopted in breaking from a walk into a trot, or in slackening from a trot to a walk.

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

  • n. a ballroom dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps fixed sequences
  • v. dance the foxtrot
  • n. a ballroom dance in quadruple time; combines short and long and fast and slow steps fixed sequences


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  • The most influential of the new dances, which scholars cite as the sources of both swing dance and the gyrations at early rock-and-roll dances, were the turkey trot, the fox-trot, the Charleston, and the Texas Tommy.

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  • (Meanwhile, Mike "the Situation" lives on at Dancing With the Stars and even got the encore spot on the results show, giving me another chance to fast-forward through his freaky and Frankenstein-ian futuristic fox-trot.)

    Matt's TV Week in Review

  • An old-fashioned band played music from decades past, and young couples did the fox-trot or the waltz or other dances that had long gone out of style.

    A Short Visit

  • We did the fox-trot to “This Will Be An Everlasting Love,” and we scored twenty-one points out of thirty overall.


  • After a very quick fox-trot that left her breathless and laughing, Jake went to get them both a root beer.

    Come Again No More

  • And when it comes to the Lindy or the fox-trot ...

    The Taste of Coins from Treasure Troves

  • To perform magic in this bewitched world … I changed wigs, sang, danced the polka and the fox-trot.

    Hanna Rovina.

  • You can have enough Robert Frost in your head to riff on his line and think "good dancers make good neighbors" and still enjoy the fox-trot.

    Ordinary Happiness

  • The camp offers five levels of dance instruction, from beginner to advanced, in categories such as the fox-trot, waltz, tango, rumba, cha-cha and swing.

    Discounted Tribeca Tickets

  • He twirled me around the floor and I tried to keep up with his flawless fox-trot as best I could.

    'Getting a Grip: On My Mind, My Body, My Self'


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