The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Dance \Dance\ (d[.a]ns), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Danced; p. pr. &
vb. n. Dancing.] [F. danser, fr. OHG. dans[=o]n to draw;
akin to dinsan to draw, Goth. apinsan, and prob. from the
same root (meaning to stretch) as E. thin. See Thin.]
1. To move with measured steps, or to a musical
accompaniment; to go through, either alone or in company
with others, with a regulated succession of movements,
(commonly) to the sound of music; to trip or leap
Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither.
Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
Which dances with your daughter? --Shak.
2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion;
to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
Then, 'tis time to dance off. --Thackeray.
More dances my rapt heart
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw. --Shak.
Shadows in the glassy waters dance. --Byron.
Where rivulets dance their wayward round.
To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.