from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A tribal dance performed before a battle or as a celebration after a victory.
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- n. A ceremonial dance performed before a major battle or after a victory, usually by a tribe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a dance among savages preliminary to going to war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike excursion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dance engaged in by savage tribes before a warlike excursion.
- n. A dance simulating a battle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
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Just two minutes later, running into Grayling, we saw a character doing a sort of war dance on the pavement and flagging us down with a furiously waving brief-case of sorts held in his right hand.
Christians were called, came now to warn the Pale-faces and tell them that Philip was gathering his braves, and that he had held a war dance lasting for several weeks.