- 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 of glanceMiddle English glansen, glenchen, probably blend of Old French glacier, to slip (see glacis) and amp; 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 of glanceGerman glanz, literally , luster: for Indo-European base see glass
verbglanced, glanc·ing, glanc·es
- a. To direct the eyes at or toward something briefly: glanced in the rearview mirror.b. To read quickly or in cursory fashion: glanced at the menu.
- a. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield.b. To shine over or through something at an angle: The sun glanced through the leaves.c. To be reflected, especially in flashes: sunlight glanced off the water.
- 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. See Synonyms at brush1.
- 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 of glanceMiddle English glauncen, alteration (influenced by glenten, to shine) of glacen, from Old French glacer, to slide; see glacis.
Origin of glanceGerman Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present glances, present participle glancing, simple past and past participle glanced)
- (intransitive) To look briefly (at something).
- She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.
- (intransitive) To graze a surface.
- To sparkle.
- The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond.
- To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
- To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside.
- (soccer) To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
- To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; often with at.
- A brief or cursory look.
- A deflection.
- (cricket) A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side
- A sudden flash of light or splendour.
- An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
- (mineralogy) Any of various sulphides, mostly dark-coloured, which have a brilliant metallic lustre.
- copper glance
- (mineralogy) glance coal