polka

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v polka dance a polka
    • n polka a Bohemian dance with 3 steps and a hop in fast time
    • n polka music performed for dancing the polka
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Polka A dance of Polish origin, but now common everywhere. It is performed by two persons in common time.
    • Polka (Mus) A lively Bohemian or Polish dance tune in 2-4 measure, with the third quaver accented.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n polka A lively round dance which originated in Bohemia about 1830, and was soon after introduced into Austria, France, and England, where it immediately attained a remarkable popularity.
    • n polka Music for such a dance or in its rhythm, which is duple, and marked by a capricious accent on the second beat, frequently followed by a rest.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Polka pōl′ka a dance of Bohemian origin, invented in 1830, and introduced into England in 1843—also its tune: a knitted jacket worn by women
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Pol. Polka, a Polish woman: cf. F. & G. polka,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Bohem. pulka, half, from the half-step prevalent in it; or from Slav. polka, a Polish woman.

Usage

In literature:

In 1852 he matriculated at the school for ensigns, and the same year had his first composition, a polka, published.
"Musical Portraits" by Paul Rosenfeld
A waltz or polka can be played while the tableau is exhibited.
"Home Pastimes; or Tableaux Vivants" by James H. Head
He wants to dance the polka as Petrarch, and find a Laura in every partner.
"Tancred" by Benjamin Disraeli
Polkam jungere, Virgo, vis, Will you join the polka, miss?
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
He said he was composing a polka.
"Castellinaria and Other Sicilian Diversions" by Henry Festing Jones
The waltz seems to survive all other forms of dancing, but there is every now and then a revival of the polka.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
Lucien, who had joined the crowd, wanted to teach the polka and waltz to the Indian children.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
He sings, jokes, and dances the polka in every style.
"The International Magazine, Volume 2, No. 3, February, 1851" by Various
It had black polka dots and was badly frayed.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
And the polka dot pigs had polka dot bibs on.
"Rootabaga Stories" by Carl Sandburg
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In poetry:

The girls of Toomancie they look so entrancing
Like bawling young heifers they're out for their fun
With the waltz and the polka and all kinds of dancing
To the rackety old banjo of Bob Anderson.
"Brisbane Ladies" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

Order of Polka Dots parade gallery (20 photos).
The Order of Polka Dots rolled into downtown Thursday evening.
Polka & Dot The Clowns.
Sarah Palin Sports Polka Dotted Toes.
Celebrate the National Polka Festival on Memorial Day weekend, May 27-29.
It's 45th annual National Polka Festival.
Cheryl Cole arrived at BBC Radio One on June 12 in London, England wearing head-to-toe polka -dots.
A member of the Michigan Polka Hall of Fame, Jana Vitu, "plays the beautiful music for you," polkas from the Old Country.
How to Pull Off Polka Dots.
Polka Dots have returned as one of the hottest trends this season.
Here are five tips for incorporating polka dots in your wardrobe.
The 19th Annual Big Sky Polka Festival is kicking off this weekend at the Shrine Auditorium.
Dancers at the 2010 Polka Festival.
She was one-third of the trio dubbed "the world's most dangerous polka band".
Gail Maholick/TIMES NEWS A scrap of pink polka -dotted fabric was the start of this quilt to promote breast cancer awareness.
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In science:

He described a ”polka dot model”, that is a structure in discrete hierarchy, where the elements of a clusters are all of the same mass and are distributed regularly in such a way that we can call now deterministic fractal structure.
FACTS AND IDEAS IN MODERN COSMOLOGY
A regular polka dot model is defined as the one whose number of elements per cluster ni and the ratio of the radii of successive clusters ai are both constants and independent of i, that is, n and a respectively.
Fractals and the Distribution of Galaxies
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