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1. A hypnotic, cataleptic, or ecstatic state.
2. Detachment from one's physical surroundings, as in contemplation or daydreaming.
3. A semiconscious state, as between sleeping and waking; a daze.
4. A genre of electronic dance music with a fast tempo, repetitive phrasing, and often a hypnotic effect.
tr.v. tranced, tranc·ing, tranc·es
To put into a trance; entrance.

[Middle English traunce, from Old French transe, passage, fear, vision, from transir, to die, be numb with fear, from Latin trānsīre, to go over or across; see transient.]

trance′like′ adj.
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Adj.1.trancelike - as if in a trancetrancelike - as if in a trance      
confused - mentally confused; unable to think with clarity or act intelligently; "the flood of questions left her bewildered and confused"
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The greatest flamenco artists are said to possess "duende," a Spanish word loosely translated as an inner spirit that emanates from an intense emotional connection with song and dance, and that produces a trancelike state in observers.
I was so moved that I started to write in a kind of trancelike state, as though I'd been receiving dictation.
What emerged was a wild, mesmerising, trancelike musical spectacle mixing unusual combinations of instruments with ritual and dance.
In the description of the trancelike state of Andrei and his perception of the interrogations, several layers are connected.
A highly individualized, trancelike state is brought about through such an experience, one that might be likened to a transcendental experience of the sublime.
The effect of Prospero's performance on its spectators, however, is quite different, approaching the trancelike state Brecht thought was induced by opera.
HHHHI Embrace Another Fall: A trancelike song of regret rides in on sandy desert winds until the peace is shattered by the thunderclap of rock guitar power chords that Pete Townshend would be proud of.
Not ready for sleep, I pulled the rocker close to the wood stove and sat staring into the changing orange flames--caught in the age-old trancelike human fascination with fire.
The second flashback is encoded as a close-up of Mertens, trancelike, staring straight ahead toward the viewer.
Likewise, the rigorous and repetitive verbal instructions have been edited into an obsessive, trancelike singsong.
The opening scene lasts 11 minutes, during which time the two women violently pound their chests, entering into a trancelike state achieved by participants in Ashoura rituals.
The album goes out much as it came in, with the trancelike "Reimagine.