To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.

(Dance) v. t. To cause to dance, or move nimbly or merrily about, or up and down; to dandle.

To dance our ringlets to the whistling wind.

Thy grandsire loved thee well;
Many a time he danced thee on his knee.

To dance attendance, to come and go obsequiously; to be or remain in waiting, at the beck and call of another, with a view to please or gain favor.

A man of his place, and so near our favor,
To dance attendance on their lordships' pleasure.

(Dan) n. [OE. dan, danz, OF. danz dan, master, fr. L. dominus. See Dame.] A title of honor equivalent to master, or sir. [Obs.]

Old Dan Geoffry, in gently spright
The pure wellhead of poetry did dwell.

What time Dan Abraham left the Chaldee land.

(Dan), n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Mining) A small truck or sledge used in coal mines.

(Da"na*ide) n. [From the mythical Danaides, who were condemned to fill with water a vessel full of holes.] (Mach.) A water wheel having a vertical axis, and an inner and outer tapering shell, between which are vanes or floats attached usually to both shells, but sometimes only to one.

(Da"na*ite) n. [Named after J. Freeman Dana.] (Min.) A cobaltiferous variety of arsenopyrite.

(Da"na*lite) n. [Named after James Dwight Dana.] (Min.) A mineral occuring in octahedral crystals, also massive, of a reddish color. It is a silicate of iron, zinc manganese, and glucinum, containing sulphur.

(Dan"bu*rite) n. (Min.) A borosilicate of lime, first found at Danbury, Conn. It is near the topaz in form. Dana.

(Dance) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Danced ; p. pr. & vb. n. Dancing.] [F. danser, fr. OHG. danson 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 rhythmically.

Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance.

Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
Which dances with your daughter?

2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion; to caper; to frisk; to skip about.

Then, 'tis time to dance off.

More dances my rapt heart
Than when I first my wedded mistress saw.

Shadows in the glassy waters dance.

Where rivulets dance their wayward round.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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