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Dance, vb. 1) to move sportively with measured steps regulated by music; a) intr. Ven. 105. Ven. 105 Lucr. Arg. Ven. 105 Gentl. III, 2, 81. Wiv. III, 2, 68. LLL II, 114. V, 2, 122. V, 2, 122 Mids. II, 1, 140. IV, 1, 94. Shr. II, 33. All's II, 1, 33. H4B IV, 5, 125. Oth. II, 2, 5. III, 3, 185. Ant. I, 3, 4 etc. “--ing measures,” As V, 4, 199. “--ing shoes,” Rom. I, 4, 14. “the --ing horse,” LLL I, 2, 57 (a horse exhibited by one Bankes and celebrated for its curious performances). Ironically: “I'll make him d.” Wiv. III, 2, 91 (cf. Lr. V, 3, 277. Wiv. II, 1, 237). Used of any similar motion: “the --ing banners of the French,” John II, 308. the emptier (bucket) “ever --ing in the air,” R2 IV, 185. “a city on the inconstant billows --ing,” H5 III Chor. H5 III Chor. and (let my head) “sooner d. upon a bloody pole,” H6B IV, 1, 127.
b) trans.: do you sing it (Light o' love) “and I'll d. it,” Ado III, 4, 46. “to d. our ringlets,” Mids. II, 1, 86. V, 403. LLL V, 1, 161. All's II, 1, 77. Wint. IV, 4, 58. Ant. II, 7, 110. “and so d. out the answer,” Ado II, 1, 75.
2) to triumph, to exult: “my --ing soul doth celebrate this feast of battle,” R2 I, 3, 91. “make our hearts d. with comfort,” Cor. V, 3, 99. “hell only --th at so harsh a chime,” Per. I, 1, 85. cf. R2 II, 4, 12. Applied to the quivering light of the heavenly bodies as indicating joy: “there was a star --d, and under that was I born,” Ado II, 1, 349. “shall we make the welkin d. indeed?” Tw. II, 3, 59. “make the sun d.” Cor. V, 4, 54. Used of the throbbing of the heart in a more general sense: “my heart --s, but not for joy,” Wint. I, 2, 110.
3) Ludicrously, == to stick fast: “there --ing up to the chins,” Tp. IV, 183. “I have some of them in Limbo Patrum, and there they are like to d. these three days,” H8 V, 4, 68.
Similarly as a vb. trans. in the phrase to d. attendance == to wait on a person without being admitted: “I --d attendance on his will,” H6B I, 3, 174. “I d. attendance here,” R3 III, 7, 56. “to d. attendance on their lordships' pleasure,” H8 V, 2, 31.
4) to cause to dance, a) to fill with joy: “but that I see thee here, more --s my rapt heart than . . .” Cor. IV, 5, 122. -- b) to dandle: “he --d thee on his knee,” Tit. V, 3, 162.
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