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glance

verb \ ˈglan(t)s \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of glance

glanced; glancing
intransitive verb
1 :to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle
  • the bullet glanced off the wall
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
3 :to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly
  • the work glances at the customs of ancient cultures
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
transitive verb
1 archaic
a :to take a quick look at
b :to catch a glimpse of
2 :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

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.

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Origin and Etymology of glance

Middle English glencen, glenchen

glance Synonyms


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glance

noun

Definition of glance

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

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Origin and Etymology of glance

glance Synonyms



GLANCE Defined for English Language Learners

glance

verb

Definition of glance for English Language Learners

  • : to look at someone or something very quickly

  • : to hit something and bounce off at an angle


glance

noun

Definition of glance for English Language Learners

  • : a quick look


GLANCE Defined for Kids

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glance

verb \ ˈglans \

Definition of glance for Students

glanced; glancing
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.

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glance

noun

Definition of glance for Students

:a quick look


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