\ 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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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 Just be sure to glance at the handy reception indicators to avoid going too far. Popular Science, "Wireless remotes for on-point presentations," 13 June 2020 Jamie McQuaig glanced at the two cosmetologists, clad in masks, coloring customers' hair and wondered whether coming back to work was the right decision for her family, her salon or her state. Anchorage Daily News, "Georgia businesses reopen, with jitters," 25 Apr. 2020 Simpson glanced at photos of worksheets on her phone sent by the cousin., "‘I'm really struggling’: In 6 home classrooms, families keep learning alive in a pandemic," 8 Apr. 2020 Cowan rose up and launched a three from about 21 feet but the ball glanced off the rim and caromed to the left corner. Jeff Potrykus, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin 56, Maryland 54: Brad Davison follows sensational defensive play with winning three for UW," 14 Jan. 2020 Lining up for the shotgun snap, quarterback Tua Tagovailoa clapped once and glanced to the bench as if looking for an adjustment to the call. Michael Casagrande |, al, "Alabama saw something on tape that led to long TD pass," 11 Nov. 2019 At one point, Muhammed glances up bashfully at the Duke of Cambridge, who responds with an encouraging smile. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Play with Child Cancer Patients," 17 Oct. 2019 Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 Such thoughts can be triggered by simply reading a news story about a murder, being reminded of 9/11 or even glancing at a funeral home sign. Jeff Greenberg, The Conversation, "Coronavirus reminds you of death – and amplifies your core values, both bad and good," 21 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun It’s either a bite-sized glance at the future (universal DH, baserunner to start extra innings, 3-batter rule for pitchers etc.) or an extended gaze at what a present-day disaster looks like. Is there room in the middle? Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Doc's Morning Line: This MLB season will purely be about entertainment," 29 June 2020 At first glance, a migration of brown dust—even one leaping across continents and oceans—might seem uninspiring compared to, say, the murmurations of monarch butterflies or stampedes of wildebeests. Sabrina Imbler, The Atlantic, "Saharan Dust Storms Are Giving Earth Life," 24 June 2020 At first glance, the Peak Velocity Men’s Run Shorts may look like any other standard pair of gym shorts. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "The best activewear and athleisure deals at Amazon’s Big Style Sale," 22 June 2020 At first glance, Hiawatha might seem to have little in common with Mason Science College, but Arnold was not wrong in associating Huxley’s inaugural address with populist America and its reading public. Jessica Riskin, The New York Review of Books, "Just Use Your Thinking Pump!," 17 June 2020 Given that Arizona is the 14th-most populous state in the country, the state's COVID-19 numbers at first glance may not appear bad, comparatively speaking. Stephanie Innes, azcentral, "'I am taken aback': Here's why Arizona's COVID-19 trajectory is concerning," 16 June 2020 The following is a glance at sports on TV, including channels, radio listings and game times for local games and national sporting events for June 15-21, 2020. oregonlive, "Sports on TV, June 15-21: Belmont Stakes, PGA, Bundesliga and NASCAR, plus MLB, KBO and more," 15 June 2020 At first glance that might indicate an early run — but a look at the amount of snow in the upper drainages says differently. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm days at Bristol Bay mean cold water and slow-arriving fish," 13 June 2020 At first glance, the woman in the baggy green sweatshirt with frizzy hair looks no different than a million YouTube amateurs singing in their bedrooms. Dallas News, "Norah Jones paced herself. 9 Grammys later, her approach is paying off," 11 June 2020

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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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19 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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