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

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 In a glancing acknowledgment of their shortcomings, NHTSA in 2015 issued guidelines on infotainment systems that recommend they be designed so a driver’s attention is not distracted for more than two seconds out of six. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 July 2022 Some threads, like gay band members coming to terms with their sexuality in an environment built to exploit it, require more nuance than their glancing mentions can afford. Caroline Framke, Variety, 21 June 2022 With a gun slung across his chest, the man held the gloved hand of a small boy, who gave him a shy and glancing smile. Francesca Ebel, ajc, 3 Mar. 2022 The book too has been radically overhauled: Kushner set aside much of Laurents’s script to rework motivations, reimagine backstory, and revisit the original’s glancing and stereotypical approach to its Puerto Rican characters. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 29 Dec. 2021 McClure has a different, more glancing touch, though deft as a diamond cutter. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 5 Dec. 2021 Belfast’s drama is a little more glancing, its childhood antics a little more cartoonish. David Sims, The Atlantic, 12 Nov. 2021 Several of the principals had short or glancing careers in pro football, but none became stars. James Rainey, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2021 Young leveled his revolver and shot at him, inflicting a glancing wound along Huntington’s rib cage., 16 July 2021 See More

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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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16 Jul 2022

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“Glancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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