\ ˈglan(t)s How to pronounce glance (audio) \
glanced; glancing

Definition of glance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to take a quick look at something glanced at his watch
b of the eyes : to move swiftly from one thing to another
2 : to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle The bullet glanced off the wall.
3a : 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 : to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly The work glances at the customs of ancient cultures.

transitive verb

1 : to give an oblique path of direction to:
a : to throw or shoot so that the object deflects from a surface
b archaic : to aim (something, such as an innuendo) indirectly : insinuate
2 archaic
a : to take a quick look at
b : to catch a glimpse of



Definition of glance (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a quick or cursory look was good at sizing people up at a glance
b : a swift movement of the eyes
2a : a deflected impact or blow
b archaic : a rapid oblique movement
3a : a quick intermittent flash or gleam
b archaic : a sudden quick movement
4 archaic
a : a brief satirical reference to something : gibe
at first glance
: on first consideration At first glance the subject seems harmless enough.

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Other Words from glance


glancer noun

Synonyms for glance

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of glance in a Sentence

Verb Glancing down, she noticed her shoe was untied. I glanced at my watch. He sat quietly, glancing through a magazine. She glanced up from her book when he entered the room. Noun He gave me a quick glance over his shoulder. I took a glance at the newspaper this morning.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Liverpool scored twice inside the final three minutes to break Aston Villa hearts and claim all three points, with Sadio Mane glancing in a delicate header with seconds remaining., "Twitter Reacts as Liverpool Snatch Late, Late Win & VAR Strikes...Again," 2 Nov. 2019 Many black men hung from trees after being falsely accused of raping white women, or for merely speaking to or glancing at them in a way that white men deemed inappropriate. Issac J. Bailey, Time, "Learning the History of Lynching Helped Heal My Wounds," 26 Apr. 2018 Barrett stayed behind briefly, then walked out after glancing back at Renfro. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Teen on trial for murder of David Grunwald recounts moments leading up to his death," 1 Oct. 2019 Assign each guest a name, and on their turn have them hold the name of their celeb to their head without glancing at it. Heather Hall, Harper's BAZAAR, "10 Bridal Shower Game Ideas You Won't Hate Playing," 5 June 2019 Another Arctic air mass is set to deliver a glancing blow to northeast Colorado starting on Sunday, and that’ll likely drop temperatures suddenly. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "Colorado weather: What’s with these sudden temperature drops?," 7 Nov. 2019 Murray rarely even glanced downfield and kept the governor on his legs all afternoon. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Arizona Cardinals' Kyler Murray skyrocketing up NFL quarterback rankings in rookie season," 25 Oct. 2019 On the second play of overtime, Fromm’s pass glanced off the hands of receiver Tyler Simmons and was intercepted by Israel Mukuamu. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Burrow brings No. 5 Tigers back to beat No. 7 Florida 42-28," 12 Oct. 2019 When his next attempt went halfway down then rattled out, Murray glanced at Engelland and shared a laugh. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Hungry and healthy, Dejounte Murray gives Spurs hope," 1 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for December 9-15, 2019. oregonlive, "Sports on TV, channels, radio listings for December 9-15: NFL, NBA, NHL, college football and basketball, soccer, golf and more," 9 Dec. 2019 The last sentence of the story sort of sums up my feeling: the image of a really wide avenue that, at first glance, seems impossible to cross. Deborah Treisman, The New Yorker, "Emilio Fraia on Stories Within Stories," 9 Dec. 2019 At first glance, Hochstetler seems an unlikely candidate for a rare disease or a health problem of any kind. Mark Johnson, USA Today, "In a Wisconsin village, the doctor makes house calls — and sees the rarest diseases on Earth," 29 Nov. 2019 Small Bites are first glances — not intended as definitive reviews — of new or changed restaurants. Jess Fleming, Twin Cities, "At new Inver Grove Brewing, bar food, beer and cocktails are inventive and tasty," 27 Nov. 2019 Tuesday will only be a first glance at Miller’s thinking in the post, obviously. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU basketball vs. Gannon what to watch: How much will Jerome Hunter play, who's healthy?," 28 Oct. 2019 The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for August 26-September 1, 2019., "Sports on TV, channels, radio listings for August 26-September 1: U.S. Open, NFL, college football, MLB, golf, soccer and more," 26 Aug. 2019 Remembering when 'Rushmore' filmed in Houston Featuring Jason Schwartzman as the precocious high schooler Max Fischer, the 1998 film is a first glance at Anderson's quirky directorial style. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Remembering Houston's iconic film 'Rushmore' as it turns 21 years old," 20 June 2019 At first glance, the four young Scandinavians who form the Danish String Quartet—Frederik Øland, Fredrik Schøyen Sjölin, Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen, and Asbjørn Nørgaard—seem to be unlikely additions to ECM’s monastic lineup. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "The Pristine Empire of ECM Records," 25 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of glance


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 2


1503, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

History and Etymology for glance

Verb and Noun

Middle English glencen, glenchen

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The first known use of glance was in the 15th century

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11 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Glance.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of glance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at someone or something very quickly
: to hit something and bounce off at an angle



English Language Learners Definition of glance (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick look


\ ˈglans How to pronounce glance (audio) \
glanced; glancing

Kids Definition of glance

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to strike at an angle and fly off to one side The ball glanced off a tree.
2 : to give a quick look She glanced at her watch.



Kids Definition of glance (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick look

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