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en·trance 1

1. The act or an instance of entering.
2. A means or point by which to enter.
3. Permission or power to enter; admission: gained entrance to medical school.
4. The point, as in a musical score, at which a performer begins.
5. The first entry of an actor into a scene.
6. Nautical The immersed part of a ship's hull forward of the middle body.

[Middle English entraunce, right to enter, from Old French, from entrer, to enter; see enter.]

en·trance 2

tr.v. en·tranced, en·tranc·ing, en·tranc·es
1. To put into a trance.
2. To fill with delight, wonder, or enchantment: a child who was entranced by a fairy tale. See Synonyms at charm.

en·trance′ment n.
en·tranc′ing·ly adv.




  1. (A large man in white) appeared like a cuckoo out of a clock —Madison Smartt Bell
  2. (Children don’t) appear and disappear like toadstools in a lawn —Miles Gibson
  3. Barged in … like a Rugby forward —Frank Swinnerton
  4. Blew in like a boisterous breeze —Cole Porter, from “You’ve Got That Thing,” one of the lyrics for the 1929 musical Fifty Million Frenchmen
  5. Came and went, like bees after honey —Wright Morris
  6. Came as silent as the dew comes —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  7. Came in like a swan swimming its way —Virginia Woolf
  8. Came like swallows and like swallows went —W. B. Yeats
  9. Came like water —Edward Fitzgerald
  10. Comes and goes, like hearts —Elizabeth Bishop
  11. Coming in like a kite on a string —Clive Cussler

    In his novel, Cyclops, Cussler used the simile to describe the entrance of a vessel.

  12. Entered like a wind —Ruth Suckow

    For added emphasis there’s “Come in like a high wind” as used by Aharon Megged in his novel, Living on the Dead.

  13. Enter … tiptoeing like somebody trying to sneak in late to a funeral —George Garrett
  14. Flitted in and out of the house like birds —Anne Tyler
  15. Hopped in, light as a bird —Harvey Swados
  16. Light upon the scene like a new-made butterfly —George Garrett
  17. Like hoodlums come … with neither permits nor requests —Carl Sandburg
  18. Like Santa Claus he came and went mysteriously —Frank O’Connor
  19. Materialize … like a policeman presiding over an accident —Wilfrid Sheed
  20. Plunged into it like a rabbit into its hole —Ben Ames Williams
  21. Popped up here and there like bubbles in a copperful of washing —Frank Swinnerton
  22. Rolling through the front door like a drunken bear —James Crumley
  23. Rushed into the room like a cannon-ball —Romain Gary
  24. Rush in like a gust of wind —Anon
  25. Slinking in like a little ailing cat —Jean Stafford
  26. Slipped in like a cat or the wind —John J. Clayton
  27. Strode in like a conquering prince returning to his lands —Alice Walker
  28. Sweep in here like Zeus from Olympus, with his attendant nymphs and swains —Brian Clark
  29. Swept vivaciously in … like a champion ice-skater —Frank Swinnerton
  30. Was into the living-room … and out again with such speed that she might have been one of the mechanical weather-people in a child’s snow-globe or a figure on a medieval clock, who zooms across a lower balcony as the face shows the hands on the hour —Rachel Ingalls
References in classic literature ?
The shores of the Straits of Sunda are unsupplied with those domineering fortresses which guard the entrances to the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and the Propontis.
The most beautiful Maiden entrances Above wonderfully there, Her beautiful golden attire glances, She combs her golden hair.
Descending the stairs, on her way to the house-keeper's room, she passed by the entrances to two long stone corridors, with rows of doors opening on them; one corridor situated on the second, and one on the first floor of the house.
We alighted at one of the entrances to the Square she had mentioned, where I directed the coach to wait, not knowing but that we might have some occasion for it.
Some precautions had been taken to place those entrances under the protection of projecting angles, by which they might be flanked in case of need by archers or slingers.
I could not enter the house, nor was I capable of any movement; but reflecting how important it was that I should be present at what might take place on the occasion, I nerved myself as best I could and went in, for I well knew all the entrances and outlets; and besides, with the confusion that in secret pervaded the house no one took notice of me, so, without being seen, I found an opportunity of placing myself in the recess formed by a window of the hall itself, and concealed by the ends and borders of two tapestries, from between which I could, without being seen, see all that took place in the room.
A few armed vessels, judiciously stationed at the entrances of our ports, might at a small expense be made useful sentinels of the laws.
Before I left the castle I so fixed its entrances that never more can the Count enter there Undead.
Andrea had not spoken without cause of the pretty rooms looking out upon the court of the Bell Tavern, which with its triple galleries like those of a theatre, with the jessamine and clematis twining round the light columns, forms one of the prettiest entrances to an inn that you can imagine.
It has two entrances, one facing North by which mortals can go down into the cave, while the other comes from the South and is more mysterious; mortals cannot possibly get in by it, it is the way taken by the gods.
He sat by without speaking, looking at the entrances and exits, the greetings and chatterings, of Madame de Cintre's visitors.
The only moments of relief I could remember were when she and I would start squabbling like two passionate infants in a nursery, over anything under heaven, over a phrase, a word sometimes, in the great light of the glass rotunda, disregarding the quiet entrances and exits of the ever-active Rose, in great bursts of voices and peals of laughter.