glanc·​ing | \ ˈglan(t)-siŋ How to pronounce glancing (audio) \

Definition of glancing

1 : hitting so as to glance off a glancing blow
2 : incidental, indirect made glancing allusions to her past

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Other Words from glancing

glancingly \ ˈglan(t)-​siŋ-​lē How to pronounce glancing (audio) \ adverb

Examples of glancing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His initial encounter with the manhole that will transport him is glancing, childlike, like Alice with her looking glass. Lauren Michele Jackson, The New Yorker, 12 May 2021 Unbelievably, many of these videos contain glancing allusions to the thing for which he is primarily known. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Most reports so far have relied on independent research projects run by universities, but that only gives us a glancing look of what’s happening in different regions. Tara Santora, Popular Science, 8 Jan. 2021 The love affair in the second half is conducted in a glancing, indirect fashion—one lover secretly visits the other’s empty apartment, rearranging and replacing small items in it. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 2 Dec. 2020 While the narrower right pane is meant for quick glancing, swiping left will send that cursory info to the larger pane without requiring the use of the main menu or any shortcut buttons. Clifford Atiyeh, Car and Driver, 2 Oct. 2020 Northern California’s wine industry has taken a number of glancing blows from wildfires in recent years. Esther Mobley,, 28 Sep. 2020 So the real issue for meteorologists and public officials is this: the odds of a truly catastrophic hit on Houston are probably about 25 percent versus the city taking a more glancing blow. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 25 Aug. 2020 For dedicated science readers, Ridley’s lessons may have a glancing and derivative feel. Jon Gertner, Washington Post, 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of glancing

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glancing

see glance entry 1

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The first known use of glancing was circa 1541

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17 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Glancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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