1. [syn: danse macabre, dance of death]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dance \Dance\, n. [F. danse, of German origin. See Dance, v.
1. The leaping, tripping, or measured stepping of one who
dances; an amusement, in which the movements of the
persons are regulated by art, in figures and in accord
2. (Mus.) A tune by which dancing is regulated, as the
minuet, the waltz, the cotillon, etc.
Note: The word dance was used ironically, by the older
writers, of many proceedings besides dancing.
Of remedies of love she knew parchance
For of that art she couth the olde dance.
Dance of Death (Art), an allegorical representation of the
power of death over all, -- the old, the young, the high,
and the low, being led by a dancing skeleton.
Morris dance. See Morris.
To lead one a dance, to cause one to go through a series of
movements or experiences as if guided by a partner in a
dance not understood.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
dance of death
n 1: a medieval dance in which a skeleton representing death
leads a procession of others to the grave [syn: danse
macabre, dance of death]