rain dance

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n rain dance a ritual dance intended to bring rain
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Usage

In literature:

The natural boulder enters into many of our solemn ceremonials, such as the "Rain Dance," and the "Feast of Virgins.
"The Soul of the Indian" by [AKA Ohiyesa], Charles A. Eastman
After a time a certain ritual dance (for rain) would become stereotyped and generally adopted.
"Pagan & Christian Creeds" by Edward Carpenter
By night and by day you shall dance; in sunshine and in rain; in snow and in sleet.
"Children's Classics In Dramatic Form" by Augusta Stevenson
The Snake Dance, so-called, is the culmination of an eight-days' ceremonial, an elaborate prayer for rain and for crops.
"The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi" by Hattie Greene Lockett
Who could dance in such a rain?
"Read-Aloud Plays" by Horace Holley
All at once Charlotte glanced up from the dancing flight of the rain-drops on the road, and laughed.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
To gain an understanding of what rain means to these Indians we had only to live in their village the few days preceding the dance.
"I Married a Ranger" by Dama Margaret Smith
The children had followed him to the kennel, and stood dancing round him in the pouring rain.
"Terry" by Rosa Mulholland
When it rained you had to march in doors, but if you tried to dance a little you had to go and sit down.
"A Modern Cinderella" by Amanda M. Douglas
The narrow opening choked with men trying to dodge the blows rained upon them by Dancing and Callahan.
"The Mountain Divide" by Frank H. Spearman
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In poetry:

YOUR scarf is bound upon my breast,
Your colours dance upon my crest,--
They have been soil'd by dust and rain,
And they must wear a darker stain.
"The Troubadour. Canto 2" by Letitia Elizabeth Landon
Half the wild ocean rose up to the clouds,
Half the broad sky scowled in thunder and rain;
Twenty white crests rose around them like shrouds,
And they stayed in the dancing main!
"Twenty Bold Mariners" by Rose Hawthorne Lathrop
Only she who nurses
And he who's held a knife;
Only she who dances
And he who's held an arm :
They only - and the earth's Bosom sensing rain ­
Move the spirit's veil In a joyful refrain!
"Lapidaria" by Cyprian Kamil Norwid
And no more, between the savage wonder
Of the sunset and the moon's up-coming,
Shall the storm, with boisterous hoof-beats, under
Thy dark roof dance, Faun-like, to the humming
Of the Pan-pipes of the rain and thunder.
"A Fallen Beech" by Madison Julius Cawein
Dancing bareheaded under heavy rain was his delight,
And wading in ponds and rivers by day and by night;
And he was as full of mischief as an Egg is full of meat,
And tumbling and swimming in deep pools to him was a treat.
"Bill Bowls, the Sailor" by William Topaz McGonagall
Or, if it rained, the little maid would stop at home, and look
At his favourable notices, all pasted in a book,
And then her cheek would flush - her swimming eyes would dance with joy
In a glow of admiration at the prowess of her boy.
"Annie Protheroe. A Legend of Stratford-le-Bow" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

Fred Astaire singing and dancing in the rain with a balloon.
The song is the third single from 2011?s 'I'm With You,' following 'Monarchy of Roses' and 'The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie.
And then dine under the stars for an evening of politics and fun at the Rain Dance Ranch.
There was a time when - clad in a floor-sweeping white dress - she danced in the rain, while Romeo looked longingly upon her from the sidelines.
Jeff Bridges's rain dance (with brother Beau) in Charlotte.
The Week Ahead in 60 Seconds: Rain Dance .
The rain dance is a traditional American Indian ritual and for those who believe can create a rain shower or two.
Never do a rain dance on a hill.
The video for the first single, "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie" was released this week.
INTERVIEWS RHCP Rock Venice Beach in " Rain Dance Maggie" Clip.
Anthony Kiedis (left) & guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in ' Rain Dance Maggie'.
Women danced in the rain by the Brooklyn Bridge.
"My opponent, he was doing a lot of, a little tap dance at the debate the other night, trying to wiggle out of stuff he's been saying for a year," Obama told a crowd of 9,000 in the pouring rain at Cleveland State University.
Dancing in the rain, 30-26.
No one was going to rain on Betty Paglia's parade Sunday afternoon when she began dancing in the streets.
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