Glancing
Glance Glance, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Glanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glancing}.] 1. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash. [1913 Webster]

From art, from nature, from the schools, Let random influences glance, Like light in many a shivered lance, That breaks about the dappled pools. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster]

2. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ''Your arrow hath glanced''. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view. [1913 Webster]

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at. [1913 Webster]

Wherein obscurely C[ae]sar"s ambition shall be glanced at. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

He glanced at a certain reverend doctor. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

5. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle. [1913 Webster]

And all along the forum and up the sacred seat, His vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing feet. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Glancing — Glan cing, a. 1. Shooting, as light. [1913 Webster] When through the gancing lightnings fly. Rowe. [1913 Webster] 2. Flying off (after striking) in an oblique direction; as, a glancing shot. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glancing — [glan′siŋ] adj. 1. striking obliquely and going off at an angle [a glancing blow] 2. indirect or passing glancingly adv …   English World dictionary

  • glancing — adjective Date: circa 1541 1. hitting so as to glance off < a glancing blow > 2. incidental, indirect < made glancing allusions to her past > • glancingly adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • glancing — glancingly, adv. /glan sing, glahn /, adj. 1. striking obliquely and bouncing off at an angle: a glancing blow. 2. brief and indirect: glancing references to his dubious past. [1485 95; GLANCE1 + ING2] * * * …   Universalium

  • glancing — glanc|ing [ˈgla:nsıŋ US ˈglæn ] adj 1.) a glancing blow a hit that partly misses so that it does not have its full force 2.) a glancing reference/mention a short or indirect reference to something or someone >glancingly adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glancing — glanc|ing [ glænsıŋ ] adjective hitting something quickly and lightly: a glancing blow: The falling branch struck him with a glancing blow …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • glancing — [[t]glɑ͟ːnsɪŋ, glæ̱ns [/t]] ADJ: ADJ n A glancing blow is one that hits something at an angle rather than from directly in front. The car struck him a glancing blow on the forehead …   English dictionary

  • glancing — UK [ˈɡlɑːnsɪŋ] / US [ˈɡlænsɪŋ] adjective hitting something quickly and lightly a glancing blow: The falling branch struck him a glancing blow …   English dictionary

  • glancing — glanc•ing [[t]ˈglæn sɪŋ, ˈglɑn [/t]] adj. 1) cvb striking obliquely and bouncing off at an angle: a glancing blow[/ex] 2) cvb brief and indirect: glancing references to a previous case[/ex] • Etymology: 1485–95 glanc′ing•ly, adv …   From formal English to slang

  • glancing — adjective /ˈɡlɑːnsɪŋ/ Making a superficial, obtuse contact with something. His fist caught a glancing blow to my jaw …   Wiktionary

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