Definitions

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

  • n. A hypnotic, cataleptic, or ecstatic state.
  • n. Detachment from one's physical surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming.
  • n. A semiconscious state, as between sleeping and waking; a daze.
  • transitive v. To put into a trance; entrance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dazed or unconscious condition.
  • n. A state of concentration, awareness and/or focus that filters information and experience; e.g. meditation, possession, etc.
  • n. A state of low response to stimulus and diminished, narrow attention.
  • n. The previous state induced by hypnosis.
  • n. Trance music, a genre of electronic dance music.
  • v. To pass; to travel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tedious journey.
  • n. A state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being, or to be rapt into visions; an ecstasy.
  • n. A condition, often simulating death, in which there is a total suspension of the power of voluntary movement, with abolition of all evidences of mental activity and the reduction to a minimum of all the vital functions so that the patient lies still and apparently unconscious of surrounding objects, while the pulsation of the heart and the breathing, although still present, are almost or altogether imperceptible.
  • transitive v. To entrance.
  • transitive v. To pass over or across; to traverse.
  • intransitive v. To pass; to travel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A journeying or journey over a country; especially, a tedious journey.
  • n. A passage, especially a passage inside a house.
  • To tramp; travel.
  • n. A passing away or apart; a state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the body into another state of being; a state of insensibility to mundane things; a rapture; an ecstasy.
  • n. A state of perplexity or bewilderment; amaze.
  • n. In medicine, catalepsy; ecstasy; the hypnotic state.
  • To entrance; place in or as in a trance or rapture.
  • To hold or bind with or as with a charm or spell; overspread or shroud as with a spell; charm; enchant.

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

  • n. a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
  • n. a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep
  • v. attract; cause to be enamored

Etymologies

Middle English traunce, from Old French transe, passage, fear, vision, from transir, to die, be numb with fear, from Latin trānsīre, to go over or across; see transient.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English traunce, from Old French transe ("fear of coming evil", "passage from life to death"), from transir ("to be numb with fear", "die", "pass on"), from Latin trānseō ("to cross over") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • However, Stangl first confessed on Austrian state television that he faked the feat in what he described as a trance-like state brought on by fear of failure.

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  • Maria was living in what I call the trance of fear.

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  • A large collection of links to videos of people in trance states.

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  • If I have a chance to meet him, I will tell him that basically I love inexplicable true-event based stories and his stories has successfully left my mind in trance since they seem real but stand beyond it, which makes me wanting to read more and more of his works.

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  • Power of Music, the people's temporary trance is hardly stern but it is a civic event or even a civic religion: they stand apart, together, in a concentrated present.

    Captivation and Liberty in Wordsworth's Poems on Music

  • Another bonus, and I hope I won't get misunderstood: while you're in trance, your avie has the most stupid expression ever, like she'll start drooling in just a second ...

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  • Canadian rock art interested us because of a traditional Algonkian Indian belief that manitous – spirits – lived inside rocks and cliff-faces, and that shamans in trance could enter the rock surfaces and meet with them in order to exchange tobacco offerings for supernatural power, usually referred to as “rock medicine”.

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  • Raptures and trance, in my opinion, are all one, only I am in the habit of using the word trance instead of rapture, because the latter word frightens people; and, indeed, the union of which

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  • It's the music I resort to when I have to get into that "trance" - never lift the pencil/wacom pen until I'm finished.

    Music While Painting

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