glance

1 of 2

verb

glanced; glancing

intransitive verb

1
a
: 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.
3
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
: 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
glancer noun

glance

2 of 2

noun

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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Bush curiously glanced to her side, perhaps looking for a briefcase holding the new disguise. Dawn Klavon, Peoplemag, 21 Feb. 2024 The fluky sequence occurred when a shot from Golden Knights winger Jonathan Marchessault glanced off Faber’s stick, fluttered into the air and landed behind Gustavsson to make it 1-0. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, 13 Feb. 2024 On paper, the two cities have a glancing similarity with diverse urban populations, liberal voters and violent crime. Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, Baltimore Sun, 16 Jan. 2024 The two of them sat quietly, glancing out at the shimmering waters below. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 9 Feb. 2024 The test proctor kindly tried to put me at ease and then glanced at her computer — her eyes widened. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Email address: Lamar glanced around at her fellow senators, three quarters of them men. Jennifer Berry Hawes, ProPublica, 11 Jan. 2024 In a world where the face is the final frontier of privacy, glancing upon the unaltered visage of another will be a rare intimacy. Joy Buolamwini, WIRED, 8 Jan. 2024 Some glanced up at the dark skies, but few could be seen moving indoors or taking cover. Bill Kearney, Sun Sentinel, 8 Jan. 2024
Noun
At first glance, the LifeStraw, which comes in four different colors, looks like a weighted diving stick. Katie Jackson, Travel + Leisure, 24 Feb. 2024 With the dawn of another election year, even a cursory glance at the headlines serves as a reminder of how volatile and divisive U.S. politics have become. Kathleen Peddicord, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2024 The full instructions are below, but here's a glance at how to make this homemade apple pie. Sarah Martens, Better Homes & Gardens, 14 Feb. 2024 But even a cursory glance at her vast body of work suggests there was much more here to explore. Todd Gilchrist, Variety, 13 Feb. 2024 San Francisco 49ers cornerback Darrell Luter Jr. never saw the ball glance off his heel. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 12 Feb. 2024 Jon Hamm: Boxer Handsome and rugged at first glance, but actually just a goofball who takes direction best from strong women like Tina Fey. James Marsden: Siberian Husky Has killer blue eyes, and just wants to dance around and make a lot of noise (until Tina Fey intervenes). Rohita Kadambi, The New Yorker, 8 Feb. 2024 At first glance, the scene unfolding on a leafy, half-crowded patio in West Hollywood looks like any other gastropub on a Sunday afternoon. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2024 If there was any doubt that Putin did not view the sit-down with Carlson as a big win, a glance at how his own state-run media covered the affair should erase it. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 8 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb and Noun

Middle English glencen, glenchen

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1503, in the meaning defined at sense 3a

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

Dictionary Entries Near glance

Cite this Entry

“Glance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glance. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

glance

1 of 2 verb
glanced; glancing
1
: to strike and fly off at an angle
the arrow glanced off the shield
2
: to give a quick or hasty look
glanced at my watch
glanced up from a book
3
glancingly
ˈglan(t)-siŋ-lē
adverb

glance

2 of 2 noun
1
: a quick flash or gleam that comes and goes
2
: an impact or blow that is turned aside
3
a
: a swift movement of the eyes
b
: a quick or hasty look

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