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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dance a waltz/rumba/tango etc
▪ Viennese waltzes
▪ After the polonaise, the first waltz brightened the room with its jaunty rhythm.
▪ Joseph sat on the front porch playing the popular waltzes and reels of the day.
▪ The show will feature dance music by Bach, waltzes by Strauss and Tchaikovsky, and a play-along piece.
▪ The Strauss waltz started up in the bedroom.
▪ They had waltzed the last waltz together, now the evening was over.
▪ They like everything from Strauss waltzes to a taste of the avant-garde.
▪ They love big gatherings and dances, where whole families will take part in waltzes and two-steps.
▪ A waltzing couple bumped the arm of a man stuffing a dumpling into his mouth.
▪ A few follow gracefully some yards behind, dancing in ever-widening curves, waltzing in circles at the curbs.
▪ He waltzed her around the room a little as the soft music started to flow smoothly over them.
▪ The band put an easy beat through every tune, you could waltz or smooch or shuffle.
▪ There's no point in asking to go up there in order to waltz around a bit.
▪ They were like dancing partners, waltzing away into darkness.
▪ To waltz Matilda is to carry a swag.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Waltz \Waltz\, n. [G. walzer, from walzen to roll, revolve, dance, OHG. walzan to roll; akin to AS. wealtan. See Welter.] A dance performed by two persons in circular figures with a whirling motion; also, a piece of music composed in triple measure for this kind of dance.


Waltz \Waltz\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Waltzed; p. pr. & vb. n. Waltzing.] To dance a waltz.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

round dance performed to music in triple time, extraordinarily popular as a fashionable dance from late 18c. to late 19c., the dance itself probably of Bohemian origin, 1781, from German Waltzer, from walzen "to roll, dance," from Old High German walzan "to turn, roll," from Proto-Germanic *walt- (cognate with Old Norse velta), from PIE root *wel- (3) "to turn, revolve" (see volvox). Described in 1825 as "a riotous and indecent German dance" [Walter Hamilton, "A Hand-Book or Concise Dictionary of Terms Used in the Arts and Sciences"].\n\nThe music struck up a beautiful air, and the dancers advanced a few steps, when suddenly, to my no small horror and amazement, the gentlemen seized the ladies round the waist, and all, as if intoxicated by this novel juxtaposition, began to whirl about the room, like a company of Bacchanalians dancing round a statue of the jolly god. "A waltz!" exclaimed I, inexpressibly shocked, "have I lived to see Scotch women waltz?"

["The Edinburgh Magazine," April, 1820]


1794, from waltz (n.). Meaning "to move nimbly" (as one does in dancing a waltz) is recorded from 1862. Related: Waltzed; waltzing.


n. 1 A ballroom dance in 3/4 time. 2 A piece of music for this dance (or in triple time). 3 (context informal English) A simple task. vb. 1 (context intransitive transitive English) To dance the #Noun (with). 2 (context informal English) To accomplish a task with little effort.(rfex) 3 (context intransitive transitive English) To move briskly and unhesitatingly.

  1. n. an assured victory (especially in an election) [syn: walk-in]

  2. music composed in triple time for waltzing

  3. a ballroom dance in triple time with a strong accent on the first beat [syn: valse]

  4. v. dance a waltz [syn: waltz around]


The waltz (from German: "Walzer") is a smooth, progressive ballroom and folk dance, normally in time, performed primarily in closed position.

Waltz (music)

A waltz (German: Walzer; French: Valse, Italian: Valzer, Spanish: Vals, Polish: Walc), probably deriving from German Ländler, is dance music in triple meter, often written in time. A waltz typically sounds one chord per measure, and the accompaniment style particularly associated with the waltz is (as seen in the example to the right) to play the root of the chord on the first beat, the upper notes on the second and third beats.

Waltz (International Standard)

Waltz is one of the five dances in the Standard (or Modern) category of the International Style ballroom dances. It was previously referred to as Slow Waltz or English Waltz.

Waltz is usually the first dance in the Dancesport competition rounds. It is danced exclusively in the closed position, unlike its American Style counterpart.

Waltz (disambiguation)

The waltz is a ballroom and folk dance of Austrian origin.

Waltz may also refer to:

Waltz (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

__NOTOC__ "Waltz" is the 11th episode of the sixth season of the television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, the 135th episode overall.

The episode reveals what became of the notorious Dukat when the United Federation of Planets retook Deep Space 9 in " Sacrifice of Angels".

Sisko and former Cardassian leader Gul Dukat, who is a prisoner and awaiting trial for war crimes, are marooned together on a deserted planet, and Sisko must rely on the increasingly unstable Dukat for his survival.

Waltz (EP)

Waltz is an EP released by the Australian indie rock band Augie March. It was first released in 1999. It includes the first appearance of the band's early hit "Asleep in Perfection". A music video was also issued for the closing track, "The Moth Ball".

Waltz (surname)

Waltz, as a surname, may refer to:


  • Christoph Waltz (born 1956), Academy Award-winning Austrian actor
  • David Waltz (1943–2012), American computer scientist and professor
  • Gustavus Waltz, (fl. 1732-1759) English opera singer
  • Ian Waltz (born 1977), American discus thrower
  • Jacob Waltz, the "Dutchman" (actually a German immigrant) of the Lost Dutchman's Gold Mine legend
  • Kenneth Waltz (1924-2013), American professor and scholar of international relations
  • John Waltz (baseball) (1860-1931), American baseball manager (for eight games) and executive
  • Marilyn Waltz (1931-2006), Playboy Playmate of the Month for February (as Margaret Scott) and April 1954 and April 1955
  • Sasha Waltz (born 1963), German choreographer, dancer and leader of the dance company Sasha Waltz and Guests
  • Susan Waltz, American political scientist

Fictional characters:

  • Count Waltz, the main antagonist in the video game Eternal Sonata

Usage examples of "waltz".

Tasker Road, Sheffield, when he got the idea of performing the song as a waltz, full-blown, anthemic, a celebration of sixties ideas of communalism, peace and smoking dope.

Stifling a humph, he drew her a fraction closer--and set his mind to enjoying the rest of the waltz.

The sea monody melted in its turn into the waltz strains rippling from the piano standing in the old drawing-room at Kensington, and Bob pulled his wits together just in time to save himself from falling into the unconsciousness which had already mercifully enwrapped the old man.

She waltzed Palmyre around the kitchen floor until they were both giggling and out of breath.

Slowly, as the Admiral Stoloff continued braking to orbital speed, the lights enlarged and resolved into the familiar oblates, spheres, and polyhedra of Confederation Navy Base Gagarin, moving slowly in their ponderous, stately waltz.

The orchestra was playing its preshow selections, a medley of waltzes and popular tunes.

The band arrived, and began playinga bizarre mixture of American soft rock and schmaltzy Bavarian waltzes.

I am not up to waltzing or any of the newfangled round dances, but give me a Highland schottische, or a square dance, when there is an inventive genius to call off the figures and prescribe plenty of variety.

One of the reasons she had retreated from the dance floor was that she had felt her partners were pushing her around like a broom rather than leading her through schottisches and waltzes.

Naturally, therefore, this is where the colon and semicolon waltz in together, to a big cheer from all the writers in the audience.

Atomium sphere -- not surprising, there must be thirty people milling around up here, not counting the waitrons -- and several local multicast channels are playing a variety of styles of music to synchronize the mood swings of the revelers to hardcore techno, waltz, raga.

There you are, woozy from presurgical relaxers, and a perfect stranger waltzes up, announces that he is your anesthesiologist, asks you a few questions, and shoots you up!

Susannah Ballister for months, not since his brother had elected to marry Harriet Snowe instead of the dark beauty currently waltzing in his arms.

That famous dance the waltz requires music that is 3 beats to the bar.

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