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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.
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  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
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References in classic literature ?
"Let us bar all the entrances to the palace!" said the Scarecrow.
No entrances! What in the devil are islands good for?
I gave the heap a shove over the lip of the entrance. The next moment there came up from below a howl of rage.
He was perpetually departing on yard-long adventures toward the cave's entrance, and as perpetually being driven back.
It was shortly after noon the next day, when Goosal, after remarking that a storm seemed brewing, announced that they would be at the entrance to the cavern in another hour.
A word from the leader of the party stilled their clamor, and we proceeded at a trot across the plaza to the entrance of as magnificent an edifice as mortal eye has rested upon.
Especially did the Queen's class gird up their loins for the fray, for at the end of the coming year, dimly shadowing their pathway already, loomed up that fateful thing known as "the Entrance," at the thought of which one and all felt their hearts sink into their very shoes.
On each side of the entrance was a sitting room, about sixteen feet square; and beyond them were the offices and the stairs.
Presently he espied the low and narrow entrance to what appeared to be a cave at the base of the cliffs which formed the northern side of the gorge.
THE night was still young when there came one to the entrance of the banquet hall where O-Tar of Manator dined with his chiefs, and brushing past the guards entered the great room with the insolence of a privileged character, as in truth he was.
Hartman gripped my arm and dragged me into a wide entrance.
In this formation we had progressed toward the entrance to Omean for several hours when one of our scouts returned from the front to report that the cone-like summit of the entrance was in sight.