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 for dancing
From 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
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              Jack shall pipe and Gill shall dance. --Wither.
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              Good shepherd, what fair swain is this
              Which dances with your daughter?      --Shak.
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     2. To move nimbly or merrily; to express pleasure by motion;
        to caper; to frisk; to skip about.
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              Then, 'tis time to dance off.         --Thackeray.
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              More dances my rapt heart
              Than when I first my wedded mistress saw. --Shak.
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              Shadows in the glassy waters dance.   --Byron.
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              Where rivulets dance their wayward round.
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     To dance on a rope, or To dance on nothing, to be hanged.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Dancing \Dan"cing\, p. a. & vb. n.
     from Dance.
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     Dancing girl, one of the women in the East Indies whose
        profession is to dance in the temples, or for the
        amusement of spectators. There are various classes of
        dancing girls.
     Dancing master, a teacher of dancing.
     Dancing school, a school or place where dancing is taught.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time
           to music [syn: dancing, dance, terpsichore,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  59 Moby Thesaurus words for "dancing":
     aflicker, balletic, beaming, beatific, beatified, bickering,
     blessed, blinking, blissful, capering, cheerful, chirping, dance,
     desultory, flashing, flicker, flickering, flickering light,
     flickery, flicky, flushed with joy, flutter, fluttering, fluttery,
     gay, glad, glancing light, glowing, guttering, happy, joyful,
     joyous, lambency, lambent, laughing, leaping, light show, play,
     play of light, playing, purring, quiver, quivering, quivery,
     radiant, singing, smiling, smirking, sparkling, spluttering,
     sputtering, sputtery, starry-eyed, stroboscopic, terpsichorean,
     thrice happy, unsteady, wavering, wavery

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