glance

verb
\ 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

glance

noun

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
b : allusion
at first glance
: on first consideration At first glance the subject seems harmless enough.

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Other Words from glance

Verb

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 Pedestrian heads swivel, other drivers glance into their rearview mirror in response to the new exhaust system that ends in the center of the carbon-fiber diffuser. Juergen Zoellter, Car and Driver, 26 May 2021 That gives Stayton ample opportunity to glance at the past triumph and reflect. Nick Robbe, The Enquirer, 25 May 2021 Halston could glance at a lonely square of fabric and immediately know how to manipulate it (a sculptural skill held over from hatmaking). Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 During a video call, everyone is often staring at the speaker and the listeners, whereas in-person, some people may glance at their notes or lean over to a colleague for a side conversation. Author: Paulina Firozi, Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2021 Tatis didn’t appear to glance back at Barnes on Sunday. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2021 Rainbows are one of those things that can get just about anyone to stop and glance toward the sky. Mike Wehner, BGR, 6 Apr. 2021 During a video call, everyone is often staring at the speaker and the listeners, whereas in-person, some people may glance at their notes or lean over to a colleague for a side conversation. Author: Paulina Firozi, Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, 4 Mar. 2021 The umpire crew huddled again when a high, inside pitch appeared to glance off Meadows’ left forearm, however Montgomery wasn’t ejected. Fred Goodall, courant.com, 11 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At first glance, Largo di Torre Argentina square in central Rome seems dull compared to the obvious splendors of Italy's capital. CNN, 5 June 2021 There are lots of emails that may look incriminating at first glance but have innocent explanations. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, 3 June 2021 At first glance, the situation may look like a straightforward selection of one of four council members; but the circumstances are unusually fraught. Alexandria Bordas, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 June 2021 What looks at first glance to be lava flowing down the sides of these Icelandic volcanoes is, in fact, iron oxide deposited during past eruptions. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Consider how consistent color choices can both tell your audience exactly what tone to expect from your brand and make your brand instantly recognizable from a single glance. Goldie Chan, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Their design cannot be appreciated in just a glance and each subsequent viewing presents some new element. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, 6 Apr. 2021 Moving on without a single regretful glance back at ye olde runway system, Jonathan Anderson’s been foremost in mastering the new multi-platform era of communication. Vogue Runway, Vogue, 15 Mar. 2021 The catoblepas and, more famously, the basilisk, both described by Pliny the Elder, could kill with the single glance. Robert Martone, Scientific American, 29 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of glance

Verb

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

Noun

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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8 Jun 2021

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“Glance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glance. Accessed 18 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for glance

glance

verb

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

glance

noun

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

: a quick look

glance

verb
\ 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.

glance

noun

Kids Definition of glance (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick look

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