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glance

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verb \ˈglan(t)s\

Definition of glance

glanced

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glancing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike a surface obliquely so as to go off at an angle the bullet glanced off the wall

  3. 2a :  to make sudden quick movements dragonflies glancing over the pondb :  to flash or gleam with quick intermittent rays of light brooks glancing in the sun

  4. 3 :  to touch on a subject or refer to it briefly or indirectly the work glances at the customs of ancient cultures

  5. 4a of the eyes :  to move swiftly from one thing to anotherb :  to take a quick look at something glanced at his watch

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 archaic a :  to take a quick look atb :  to catch a glimpse of

  8. 2 :  to give an oblique path of direction to:a :  to throw or shoot so that the object deflects from a surfaceb 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.

Origin and Etymology of glance

Middle English glencen, glenchen


First Known Use: 15th century


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glance

noun

Definition of glance

  1. 1a :  a quick intermittent flash or gleamb archaic :  a sudden quick movement

  2. 2a archaic :  a rapid oblique movementb :  a deflected impact or blow

  3. 3a :  a swift movement of the eyesb :  a quick or cursory look was good at sizing people up at a glance

  4. 4 archaic a :  a brief satirical reference to something :  gibeb :  allusion

at first glance

  1. :  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.

Origin and Etymology of glance

see 1glance


First Known Use: 1503



GLANCE Defined for English Language Learners

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glance

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verb \ˈglan(t)s\

Definition of glance for English Language Learners

  • : to look at someone or something very quickly

  • : to hit something and bounce off at an angle


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glance

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Definition of glance for English Language Learners

  • : a quick look


GLANCE Defined for Kids

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glance

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verb \ˈglans\

Definition of glance for Students

glanced

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glancing

  1. 1 :  to strike at an angle and fly off to one side The ball glanced off a tree.

  2. 2 :  to give a quick look She glanced at her watch.


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glance

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noun

Definition of glance for Students

  1. :  a quick look



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