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Definition of "trance" []

  • A hypnotic, cataleptic, or ecstatic state. (noun)
  • Detachment from one's physical surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming. (noun)
  • A semiconscious state, as between sleeping and waking; a daze. (noun)
  • To put into a trance; entrance. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "trance" in a sentence
  • "However, Stangl first confessed on Austrian state television that he faked the feat in what he described as a trance-like state brought on by fear of failure."
  • "Maria was living in what I call the trance of fear."
  • "A large collection of links to videos of people in trance states."