En"trance (?), n. [OF. entrance, fr. OF. & F. entrant, p. pr. of entrer to enter. See Enter.]


The act of entering or going into; ingress; as, the entrance of a person into a house or an apartment; hence, the act of taking possession, as of property, or of office; as, the entrance of an heir upon his inheritance, or of a magistrate into office.


Liberty, power, or permission to enter; as, to give entrance to friends.



The passage, door, or gate, for entering.

Show us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city.
Judg. i. 24.


The entering upon; the beginning, or that with which the beginning is made; the commencement; initiation; as, a difficult entrance into business.

"Beware of entrance to a quarrel."


St. Augustine, in the entrance of one of his discourses, makes a kind of apology.


The causing to be entered upon a register, as a ship or goods, at a customhouse; an entering; as, his entrance of the arrival was made the same day.

6. Naut. (a)

The angle which the bow of a vessel makes with the water at the water line.

Ham. Nav. Encyc. (b)

The bow, or entire wedgelike forepart of a vessel, below the water line.



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En*trance" (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Entranced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Entrancing (?).] [Pref. en- + trance.]


To put into a trance; to make insensible to present objects.

Him, still entranced and in a litter laid,
They bore from field and to the bed conveyed.


To put into an ecstasy; to ravish with delight or wonder; to enrapture; to charm.

And I so ravished with her heavenly note,
I stood entranced, and had no room for thought.


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