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 Rainbows are one of those things that can get just about anyone to stop and glance toward the sky. Mike Wehner, BGR, "NASA’s Perseverance rover sends back awesome image of ‘rainbow’ on Mars," 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, "Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls - and how to fix it," 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, "Odor snaps tie in 10th in Yankees debut for victory over Orioles," 11 Apr. 2021 Often, individuals glance over the fine print as the language may be hard to understand. Expert Panel, Forbes, "Renters Beware: 15 Warning Signs Of A Bad Lease," 5 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, "Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls - and how to fix it," 4 Mar. 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. Washington Post, "Four reasons you’re tired of Zoom calls — and how to fix it," 3 Mar. 2021 What could be more terrifying than to glance through a window and see one’s double standing outside in the street? John Banville, The New Republic, "The Haunted Imagination of Alfred Hitchcock," 1 Apr. 2021 The drops continued with Diontae Johnson having two passes glance off his hands in the opening quarter. John Wawrow, orlandosentinel.com, "Host Bills improve to 10-3 with 26-15 victory over sloppy Steelers," 14 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At first glance, the image appears to be a screenshot of a newscast from Memphis news station, WREG-TV. Adrienne Dunn, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Memphis police have not stopped responding to car theft, property damage," 1 May 2021 At first glance, the two men couldn’t have appeared to be more different. Nathan Fenno, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the search for answers about Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs’ overdose death," 29 Apr. 2021 At first glance, things look good for the Republicans and not so much for the Democrats. Lincoln Mitchell, CNN, "The census is a lucky break for Republicans," 27 Apr. 2021 Cosmetics, dump trucks and tunnel-boring machines don’t seem to have much in common at first glance. Giacomo Tognini, Forbes, "It Took This Italian Entrepreneur 44 Years To Become A Billionaire," 27 Apr. 2021 At first glance, UBS and Credit Suisse appear similar. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "UBS Is a Tough Act for Credit Suisse to Follow," 27 Apr. 2021 Fake decorative objects, at first glance, are purely functional. refinery29.com, "Crochet Bananas & Paper Flowers: Why Fake Homeware Is Having A Moment," 26 Apr. 2021 The helicopter view of the COVID-19 crisis gripping Brazil might, at first glance, look awfully familiar. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "In the fight against COVID, Brazil’s surge won’t stay in Brazil," 23 Apr. 2021 At first glance, this city of 300,000 may seem like an unlikely place for a social experiment at the vanguard of political thought. Washington Post, "Cash payments spread from Congress to Stockton to Brazil -- but notion of 'universal basic income’ far from reality," 22 Apr. 2021

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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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3 May 2021

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“Glance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glance. Accessed 7 May. 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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