Throughout the many years of rave culture, the electronic dance music scene has developed their own bit of lingo. Many regular words that you might use on a daily basis might have taken on a whole different meaning when used in the context of a rave. We've compiled a list of a lot of the popular words being used today with their normal and rave definition as well as an example. It's pretty funny to see how certain simple words have gone through such drastic changes. Check out the entire list below.

Big Room

Definition: A large space that can be occupied by something.

Rave Definition: A style of electronic music featuring regular beats and simple melodies, which are designed to be played at large venues and festivals.


Definition: Disgusting or dirty.

Rave Definition: The point at which a drop within a song is so dirty you cringe your face.


Definition: Of great weight; difficult to lift or move.

Rave Definition: A song filled with so much bass it rattles the speakers and shakes the dance floor.


Definition: Violent, uncontrollable anger.

Rave Definition: To dance and party as hard as you can all night long.


Definition: Rearranging a deck of cards by sliding the cards over each other quickly.

Rave Definition: A style of dancing which involves kicking and sliding your feet which is primarily performed to electronic dance music.


Definition: A device typically designed to catch and retain an animal.

Rave Definition: A style of electronic music emerging from Southern hip-hop, which incorporates 808 bass kick drums, triple hi-hats, and layered synths.


Definition: A path through rough country such as a forest.

Rave Definition: The effect produced by fast moving lights such as a glowstick or LED whip swinging on a string.


Definition: The act of covering your hands with gloves.

Rave Definition: The art of giving a light show with gloves that contain light up fingertips.

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Definition: A person who suffers from the inability to fall asleep.

Rave Definition: The name of one of the largest American electronic dance music festival production companies known for Electric Daisy Carnival, Nocturnal Wonderland, Beyond Wonderland, and Escape From Wonderland.


Definition: Business-to-business, denoting trade conducted via the Internet between businesses.

Rave Definition: The act of two DJs playing tracks back-to-back.


Definition: An object that is large and heavy or solid.

Rave Definition: A dance music event that hosts thousands of ravers, usually featuring popular headliners and a large venue space



Definition: A natural object or animal believed by a particular society to have spiritual significance and adopted by it as an emblem.

Rave Definition: A tall decorated object, usually on a pole, used as a method of finding your friends in a large crowd.



Definition: A building for human habitation, especially one that is lived in by a family or small group of people.

Rave Definition: A popular genre of electronic music created in Chicago during the 1980s.

Ride the Rail

Definition: A historical term meaning to "run someone out of town".

Rave Definition: To be in the front of the crowd at the barrier of a concert or show.



Definition: A half-conscious state characterized by an absence of response to external stimuli.

Rave Definition: A type of electronic dance music characterized by hypnotic rhythms and sounds.