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glance

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verb \ˈglan(t)s\

Simple Definition of glance

  • : to look at someone or something very quickly

  • : to hit something and bounce off at an angle

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glance

glanced

glancing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle <the bullet glanced off the wall>

  3. 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>

  4. 3 :  to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly <the work glances at the customs of ancient cultures>

  5. 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>

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 archaic a :  to take a quick look at b :  to catch a glimpse of

  8. 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 :  insinuate

glancer

noun

Examples of glance in a sentence

  1. Glancing down, she noticed her shoe was untied.

  2. I glanced at my watch.

  3. He sat quietly, glancing through a magazine.

  4. She glanced up from her book when he entered the room.



Origin and Etymology of glance

Middle English glencen, glenchen


First Known Use: 15th century


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glance

noun

Simple Definition of glance

  • : a quick look

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of glance

  1. 1 a :  a quick intermittent flash or gleam b archaic :  a sudden quick movement

  2. 2 a archaic :  a rapid oblique movement b :  a deflected impact or blow

  3. 3 a :  a swift movement of the eyes b :  a quick or cursory look

  4. 4 archaic a :  a brief satirical reference to something :  gibe b :  allusion

at first glance

  1. :  on first consideration <at first glance the subject seems harmless enough>

Examples of glance in a sentence

  1. He gave me a quick glance over his shoulder.

  2. I took a glance at the newspaper this morning.



1503

First Known Use of glance

1503



GLANCE Defined for Kids

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glance

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verb \ˈglans\

Definition of glance for Students

glanced

glancing

  1. 1 :  to strike at an angle and fly off to one side <The ball glanced off a tree.>

  2. 2 :  to give a quick look <She glanced at her watch.>




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glance

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noun

Definition of glance for Students

  1. :  a quick look





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