war dance

Definitions

  • War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
    War-dance Performed by Egyptian Soldiers Before A Battle
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n war dance a ceremonial dance performed before a battle or after a victory
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • War dance a dance among savages preliminary to going to war. Among the North American Indians, it is begun by some distinguished chief, and whoever joins in it thereby enlists as one of the party engaged in a warlike excursion.
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Quotations

  • Dick Gregory
    Dick Gregory
    “And we love to dance -- especially that new one called the Civil War Twist. The Northern part of you stands still while the Southern part tries to secede.”

Usage

In literature:

The wild Indians picked themselves up out of the ruins and did the finest war-dance I've ever seen in front of my cousin Sidney.
"The Magic World" by Edith Nesbit
Summon our braves to the war-dance!
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Little Tim sat in front, yelling like an Indian at a war-dance.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
We then had a war dance.
"From Farm House to the White House" by William M. Thayer
The Poplars must be executing a war-dance for joy to have got rid of her.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
The monitresses would have been edified if they could have seen the war dance she executed in the passage as soon as the door was shut.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
But the grizzly only became more infuriated, and began a brisk war-dance around the tree, howling all the while in a terrible manner.
"Harper's Young People, June 8, 1880" by Various
These were probably celebrating their feasts with war-dances.
"Ferdinand De Soto, The Discoverer of the Mississippi" by John S. C. Abbott
As soon as she should hear of it she would execute a war-dance, adequately complicated for the occasion.
"Cleo The Magnificent" by Louis Zangwill
We sang and danced La Boulangere in time of war.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
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In poetry:

Break off! Dance no more!
Danger is at the door.
Music is in arms.
To signal war's alarms.
"War-Music" by Henry Van Dyke
As a happy people come,
So came they,
As a happy people come
When the war has roll'd away,
With dance and tabor, pipe and drum,
And all make holiday.
"A Chanted Calendar" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Which the war dance they had
Round a tree at the Bend
Was a sight that was sad;
And it seemed that the end
Would not justify the proceedings,
As I quiet remarked to a friend.
"Further Language From Truthful James" by Francis Bret Harte
In their sheltered repose looking out from the wood
The bark-builded wigwams of Pennacook stood;
There glided the corn-dance, the council-fire shone,
And against the red war-post the hatchet was thrown.
"The Bridal of Pennacook" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Never a word he spoke; divesting himself of his garments,
Danced the war-dance of the playful yet truculent Modoc,
Uttered a single whoop, and then, in the accents of challenge,
Spake: "Oh, behold in me a Crested Jay Hawk of the mountain."
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

'Kinect Star Wars' really a dance game at heart, expect YouTube hilarity to ensue.
Brettkelly spices up the visuals with breathtaking shots of the Maori 's sacred ocean, forests and totems as well as scenes of Pumanawawhiti and friends performing the traditional war dance.
In April, Twyla Tharp Dance will move into its first permanent home, a converted Civil War-era church near the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
Tribe plans blockade at lake to perform war dance .
The Winnemem Wintu Tribe is planning to hold a war dance that includes blockading a section of Lake Shasta on Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest weekends for tourism on the lake.
Uganda's National Music Competition is attended by some special children in ' War Dance '.
A Texas football team is using Haka, an ancient war dance from the Maori tribes of New Zealand, to get pumped up and kick some football.
The Dobisky Center will host introductory workshops to War of 1812 era domestic activities, including crafting and dancing, Saturday, Nov 3 at 9 a.m.
Winnemem Wintu War Dance and Food Security.
Uganda's National Music Competition is attended by some special children in 'War Dance'.
Dancing, music and refreshments will fill the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
Visiting dance artist Katherine Ferrier will teach a dance improvisation master class on Saturday, June 16, 9:30-11:30 am at the War Memorial Building, 102 E German Street Shepherdstown.
War hero and former Dancing with the Stars champ J.R.
Enlarge AbbeyOldham Abbey Oldham MLive.comReenactors dance at the Civil War Muster Ball on Saturday evening in Jackson.
Tribe plans blockade at lake to perform war dance.
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