transe [trahns] Examples noun, verb (used without object), transed, trans·ing. Scot.

  1. trance2.

trance 2or transe [trahns]Scot. noun

  1. a passageway, as a hallway, alley, or the like.

verb (used without object), tranced, tranc·ing.

  1. to move or walk rapidly or briskly.

Origin of trance 2 1325–75; Middle English (v.); origin uncertain Examples from the Web for transe Historical Examples of transe

  • A light was shining into the transe from the stair which went up at right angles from the end of it.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • Hastening back as he came, he was just in time for his dinner, and narrowly escaped encountering Betty in the transe.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • He traversed the stair and the transe, entered the parlour, and sat down to his open book as though nothing had happened.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • British Dictionary definitions for transe trance noun

    1. a hypnotic state resembling sleep
    2. any mental state in which a person is unaware or apparently unaware of the environment, characterized by loss of voluntary movement, rigidity, and lack of sensitivity to external stimuli
    3. a dazed or stunned state
    4. a state of ecstasy or mystic absorption so intense as to cause a temporary loss of consciousness at the earthly level
    5. spiritualism a state in which a medium, having temporarily lost consciousness, can supposedly be controlled by an intelligence from without as a means of communication with the dead
    6. a type of electronic dance music with repetitive rhythms, aiming at a hypnotic effect


    1. (tr) to put into or as into a trance

    Derived Formstrancelike, adjectiveWord Origin for trance C14: from Old French transe, from transir to faint, pass away, from Latin trānsīre to go over, from trans- + īre to go Word Origin and History for transe trance n.

    late 14c., “state of extreme dread or suspense,” also “a dazed, half-conscious or insensible condition,” from Old French transe “fear of coming evil,” originally “passage from life to death” (12c.), from transir “be numb with fear,” originally “die, pass on,” from Latin transire “cross over” (see transient). French trance in its modern sense has been reborrowed from English.

    transe in Medicine trance [trăns] n.

    1. An altered state of consciousness as in hypnosis, catalepsy, or ecstasy.

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