|Noun||1.||rain dance - a ritual dance intended to bring rain|
|1.||rain dance - Any ceremonial action taken to correct a hardware problem, with the expectation that nothing will be accomplished. This especially applies to reseating printed circuit boards, reconnecting cables, etc. "I can't boot up the machine. We'll have to wait for Greg to do his rain dance."|
|2.||rain dance - Any arcane sequence of actions performed with computers or
software in order to achieve some goal; the term is usually
restricted to rituals that include both an incantation or
two and physical activity or motion.|
Compare magic, voodoo programming, black art, cargo cult programming, wave a dead chicken.