Definitions for: Trance


[n] a state of mind in which consciousness is fragile and voluntary action is poor or missing; a state resembling deep sleep
[n] a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
[v] attract; cause to be enamored; "She captured all the men's hearts"



Webster (1913) Definition: Trance, n. [F. transe fright, in OF. also, trance or
swoon, fr. transir to chill, benumb, to be chilled, to
shiver, OF. also, to die, L. transire to pass over, go over,
pass away, cease; trans across, over + ire to go; cf. L.
transitus a passing over. See Issue, and cf. Transit.]
1. A tedious journey. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.

2. 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.

And he became very hungry, and would have eaten; but
while they made ready, he fell into a trance.
--Acts. x. 10.

My soul was ravished quite as in a trance.
--Spenser.

3. (Med.) 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.

He fell down in a trance. --Chaucer.


Trance, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Tranced; p. pr. & vb. n.
Trancing.]
1. To entrance.

And three I left him tranced. --Shak.

2. To pass over or across; to traverse. [Poetic]

Trance the world over. --Beau. & Fl.

When thickest dark did trance the sky. --Tennyson.


Trance, v. i.
To pass; to travel. [Obs.]

Synonyms: becharm, beguile, bewitch, captivate, capture, catch, charm, enamor, enamour, enchant, enchantment, entrance, fascinate, spell

See Also: appeal, attract, captivation, ecstatic state, fascination, hold, hypnotic trance, mental state, possession, psychological state, religious trance, unconsciousness, work

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