glanc·​ing ˈglan(t)-siŋ How to pronounce glancing (audio)
: hitting so as to glance off
a glancing blow
: incidental, indirect
made glancing allusions to her past
glancingly adverb

Examples of glancing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even so, Joonam is too scattershot and distanced from culture and politics to resonate with the news — potentially the film’s greatest draw — in more than a glancing way. Caryn James, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Jan. 2023 The pair will interact in glancing blows, ripping stars from one another into long, drawn out tails. Eric Betz, Discover Magazine, 19 May 2021 But even those with just a glancing knowledge of the man, or a curiosity about him, are likely to find the play less than riveting, mostly a staged debate about the pros and cons of Moses’s achievement. Charles Isherwood, WSJ, 27 Oct. 2022 Unlike the deft, well-oxygenated portraits of, say, Alice Neel — notable for their citrus-fresh, glancing quality — Freud’s portraits are infused with a dense, almost humid atmosphere maintained over long hours, days and months. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022 One of the victims suffered a serious injury to the forearm and the second a more glancing bite to the leg, police told media outlets. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 19 Aug. 2022 Both people were attacked in Myrtle Beach on Monday with one suffering a serious injury to the forearm and the second a more glancing bite to the leg, police told media outlets. CBS News, 19 Aug. 2022 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 See More

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Word History


see glance entry 1

First Known Use

circa 1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of glancing was circa 1541

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Cite this Entry

“Glancing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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