- The definition of a glance is a quick look.
An example of glance is a short peek over one's shoulder while walking away from someone.
- Glance is defined as to look at quickly.
An example of glance is to scan a picture in a couple of seconds.
- to strike a surface obliquely and go off at an angle: usually with off
- to make an indirect or passing reference: with over, at, etc.
- to flash or gleam
- to look suddenly and briefly; take a quick look
Origin: Middle English glansen, glenchen, probably a blend from Old French glacier, to slip (see glacis) plush guenchir, to elude from Frankish an unverified form wenkjan, to totter; akin to Old English wancol, unstable
- a glancing off; deflected impact
- a flash or gleam
- a quick look
Origin: Ger glanz, literally , luster: for Indo-European base see glass
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verb glanced glanced, glanc·ing, glanc·es verb, intransitive
- a. To direct the gaze briefly: glance at the menu; glanced in the rearview mirror.b. To move rapidly from one thing to another. Used of the eyes.
- To shine briefly; glint. See Synonyms at flash.
- To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield. See Synonyms at brush1.
- To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict.
- To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick.
- To cause to strike a surface at an angle: glanced a stone off the wall.
- A brief or cursory look: gave the paper a glance before breakfast.
- A quick flash of light; a gleam.
- An oblique movement following impact; a deflection: The car struck the barrier and went off at a glance.
Origin: Middle English glauncen, alteration (influenced by glenten, to shine) of glacen, from Old French glacer, to slide; see glacis .
Origin: German Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
glance - Phrases/IdiomsThe American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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