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

Other Words from glance


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. See More
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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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20 Jun 2022

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\ 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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