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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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cedilla] I Have Been Watching You All Along by Rawda Al-Thani is about a girl, who explores the forgotten memories of an abandoned cinema through a trancelike journey into its past, creating a freeform narrative all her own, and breathing new life into forgotten artifacts.
I had been in a state of trancelike meditation for a while, dreaming of things only a bowhunter understands.
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Moving from brooding London's cityscapes to an almost trancelike stillness as Leke travels through to his Senegalese village in Popenguine, Adesunloye skilfully evokes the internal dichotomy Leke faces.
The playing is more conservative than in Hutchings' other groups like Sons Of Kemet, and The Comet Is Coming, but the elements of slowly developing energy reaching an almost trancelike state are still there.
Troubled Rohmer - one historian described him as a "strangely neglected child" - was a chronic sleepwalker and once tried to strangle his dad while in the trancelike state.
Eventually, Esther and Frankie are shocked when they arrive at The Boarding House and find Kim collapsed on the floor in a trancelike state.
Endo, one of the international street art performers taking part at the fiesta, dances himself into a trancelike state and then creates unique art pieces from his dream like state.
Dreams are invaded and they must fight to save not only there physical bodies which have been frozen in a trancelike state, but also their souls which wander alone trapped In Limbo.
They shake their hips and nod their heads, moving trancelike around a large table laden with rum, silk flowers and popcorn that has been scattered like confetti.
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.