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  • adverb In a dancing way; with dancelike movements.


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dancing +‎ -ly


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  • This is all quite dancingly done, a sort of shuffle and slide over the top of much philosophical thin ice.

    Real-Time Book Blogging! « Tales from the Reading Room 2009

  • One the one hand they're dancingly clever; on the other hand they disturb and scare.

    The Perils of Lucidity Walter Jon Williams 2009

  • The old complete edition, which altered several of Mozart's tempo markings arbitrarily, transformed the alla breve in the first movement of the Concerto in F major K. 459 into 4/4 time, thereby doing precisely what this piece cannot tolerate: it is meant to move along not alla marcia, as we are constantly told in commentaries and hear in performances, but dancingly and in whole bars.

    A Mozart Player Gives Himself Advice Brendel, Alfred 1985

  • These flames sought one another and when they found one another they blazed up convulsively into a larger flame, then fled dancingly away and shivered into pieces.

    The German Classics of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries, Volume 09 Friedrich Hebbel and Otto Ludwig Various

  • O sire to glide dancingly along the track of the car (to which it was attached).

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 Books 4, 5, 6 and 7 Kisari Mohan [Translator] Ganguli

  • North, south, east, west, and in the other subsidiary directions, that hero seemed to career dancingly, as if he constituted a hundred warriors in his single self.

    The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2 Books 4, 5, 6 and 7 Kisari Mohan [Translator] Ganguli

  • There was something ill-tempered about his movements which made her want to go dancingly across and say teasing things to him.

    The Judge Rebecca West 1937

  • How could she possibly have hesitated about it, she wondered, when she came near the ball-grounds, and saw the gathering crowds; tall young men, with a red carnation or a shaggy great yellow chrysanthemum in their buttonholes; girls in furs; dancingly impatient small boys, and agitated and breathless chaperones.

    Saturday's Child Kathleen Thompson Norris 1923

  • He saw black seals that stared and barked and dived dancingly, with the round turn of a bow and the forward onset of an arrow.

    Irish Fairy Tales James Stephens 1916

  • His great bulk under its mighty pack tripped lightly, dancingly at the bride's elbow.

    It, and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris 1914


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