What does the word rapture mean?

Usage examples for rapture

  1. Fear had taught her self- control, and the poor child stood the test well, working off her relief and rapture by pounding corn on the stone mortar till her little hands were blistered, and her arms ached for hours afterward. – Spinning-Wheel Stories by Louisa May Alcott
  2. He couldn't believe it at first; but when he realized it, waves and waves of joy seemed to rise inside him, and he went off in such a rapture he hardly trod the earth. – Put Yourself in His Place by Charles Reade