verb \ˈglan(t)s\

: to look at someone or something very quickly

: to hit something and bounce off at an angle


Full Definition of GLANCE

intransitive verb
:  to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle <the bullet glanced off the wall>
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>
:  to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly <the work glances at the customs of ancient cultures>
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
a :  to take a quick look at
b :  to catch a glimpse of
:  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
glanc·er noun

Examples of GLANCE

  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 of GLANCE

Middle English glencen, glenchen
First Known Use: 15th century



: a quick look

Full Definition of GLANCE

a :  a quick intermittent flash or gleam
b archaic :  a sudden quick movement
a archaic :  a rapid oblique movement
b :  a deflected impact or blow
a :  a swift movement of the eyes
b :  a quick or cursory look
a :  a brief satirical reference to something :  gibe
b :  allusion
at first glance
:  on first consideration <at first glance the subject seems harmless enough>

Examples of GLANCE

  1. He gave me a quick glance over his shoulder.
  2. I took a glance at the newspaper this morning.

First Known Use of GLANCE


Rhymes with GLANCE


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