Trance \Trance\, n. [F. transe fright, in OF. also, trance or
swoon, fr. transir to chill, benumb, to be chilled, to
shiver, OF. also, to die, L. transire to pass over, go over,
pass away, cease; trans across, over + ire to go; cf. L.
transitus a passing over. See Issue, and cf. Transit.]
1. A tedious journey. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
2. A state in which the soul seems to have passed out of the
body into another state of being, or to be rapt into
visions; an ecstasy.
And he became very hungry, and would have eaten; but
while they made ready, he fell into a trance.
--Acts. x. 10.
My soul was ravished quite as in a trance.
3. (Med.) A condition, often simulating death, in which there
is a total suspension of the power of voluntary movement,
with abolition of all evidences of mental activity and the
reduction to a minimum of all the vital functions so that
the patient lies still and apparently unconscious of
surrounding objects, while the pulsation of the heart and
the breathing, although still present, are almost or
He fell down in a trance. --Chaucer.
(Gr. ekstasis, from which the word "ecstasy" is derived) denotes
the state of one who is "out of himself." Such were the trances
of Peter and Paul, Acts 10:10; 11:5; 22:17, ecstasies, "a
preternatural, absorbed state of mind preparing for the
reception of the vision", (comp. 2 Cor. 12:1-4). In Mark 5:42
and Luke 5:26 the Greek word is rendered "astonishment,"
"amazement" (comp. Mark 16:8; Acts 3:10).