I. verb (glanced; glancing) Etymology: Middle English glencen, glenchen Date: 15th century intransitive verb 1. to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle <
the bullet glanced off the wall
2. a. to make sudden quick movements <
dragonflies glancing over the pond
b. to flash or gleam with quick intermittent rays of light <
brooks glancing in the sun
3. to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly <
the work glances at the customs of ancient cultures
4. a. of the eyes to move swiftly from one thing to another b. to take a quick look at something <
glanced at his watch
transitive verb 1. archaic a. to take a quick look at b. to catch a glimpse of 2. to give an oblique path of direction to: a. to throw or shoot so that the object glances from a surface b. archaic to aim (as an innuendo) indirectly ; insinuateglancer noun II. noun Date: 1503 1. a. a quick intermittent flash or gleam b. archaic a sudden quick movement 2. a. archaic a rapid oblique movement b. a deflected impact or blow 3. a. a swift movement of the eyes b. a quick or cursory look 4. archaic a. a brief satirical reference to something ; gibe b. allusion

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • glance — glance, glimpse A glance (which can be followed by at, into, over, or through) is a brief look • (He cast a doting glance at his wife M. Underwood, 1973 • There were glances of frustration as balls went astray and half chances failed to be… …   Modern English usage

  • glance — [n1] brief look eye*, eyeball*, flash*, fleeting look, gander, glimpse, lamp*, look, look see*, peek, peep, quick look, sight, slant*, squint, swivel*, view; concept 623 Ant. stare glance [n2] reflection of light coruscation, flash, gleam,… …   New thesaurus

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glance — Glance, v. t. 1. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In company I often glanced it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glance — glance1 [glans, gläns] vi. glanced, glancing [ME glansen, glenchen, prob. a blend < OFr glacier, to slip (see GLACIS) + guenchir, to elude < Frank * wenkjan, to totter; akin to OE wancol, unstable] 1. to strike a surface obliquely and go… …   English World dictionary

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  • glance — ► VERB 1) take a brief or hurried look. 2) strike at an angle and bounce off obliquely. ► NOUN ▪ a brief or hurried look. DERIVATIVES glancing adjective. ORIGIN Old French glacier to slip , from glace ice …   English terms dictionary

  • glance — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ backward, sidelong, sideways ▪ She cast a sidelong glance at Fern. ▪ brief, cursory, fleeting, quick …   Collocations dictionary

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