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 glancingly (audio) \ adverb

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Chief Justice Roberts’s opinion in the Wisconsin case lacked soaring language or all but the most glancing criticism of gerrymandering. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "Supreme Court Avoids an Answer on Partisan Gerrymandering," 18 June 2018 Memories, even the most glancing and indirect, can still swamp him, like a wave over a rowboat. Hartford Courant,, "10 Years Later, Cheshire Tragedy Remains Source Of Grief, Shock," 19 July 2017

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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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one that collects or salvages junk

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