glimpse

verb
\ˈglim(p)s \
glimpsed; glimpsing

Definition of glimpse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 archaic : glimmer

2 : to look briefly glimpsed at the letter and then threw it aside

transitive verb

: to get a brief look at glimpsed him as he sped by in his car

glimpse

noun

Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : glimmer

2 : a fleeting view or look caught only a glimpse of the mugger

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Other Words from glimpse

Verb

glimpser noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for glimpse

Synonyms: Verb

browse, dip, glance, glint, peek, skim

Synonyms: Noun

cast, eye, gander, glance, look, peek, peep, regard, sight, view

Antonyms: Verb

gaze, stare

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Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

Verb

We glimpsed him through the window as his car sped past. just glimpsed at the photo then turned his attention elsewhere

Noun

We caught a glimpse of him through the window as his car sped past. I only got a glimpse of him as we drove by.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The pundits glimpsed a president who could use his television mastery to broker an agreement between opposing factions. Howard Kurtz, Fox News, "Behind the Hostility: How Trump and the media descended to mutual disgust," 23 July 2018 Through the fronds, guests glimpse the living room, where the Menils ignored Johnson’s wishes and hired fashion designer Charles James to provide the furniture—plumage of a different sort. Alexandra Lange, Curbed, "A museum grows in Houston," 1 Nov. 2018 Nepal is a poor country, sandwiched between India and China, where every year thousands of visitors embark on multiday hikes to glimpse some of the world’s highest peaks. Kai Schultz, The Seattle Times, "Near Everest’s slopes, a helicopter rescue fraud preys on trekkers," 4 Sep. 2018 Stiff drinks This massive analysis had some notable advantages over earlier work that tried to glimpse the totality of alcohol’s effect. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "There’s no risk-free amount of alcohol, population-level study finds," 27 Aug. 2018 In the aftermath of last August’s neutron star merger, other astronomers scoured its wreckage with the Chandra X-Ray Observatory, hoping to glimpse its ultimate outcome: a single, heavier neutron star or a black hole. Joshua Sokol, Scientific American, "Gravitational Waves Reveal the Hearts of Neutron Stars," 5 June 2018 Sharp-eyed fans will glimpse the first movie's leading lady, Chantel Grover, in a tourist group and head ranger Dave Nufer as the sleepy pilot. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, "Tundra creator back with second feature-length film, ‘Sudsy Slim Rides Again’," 21 June 2018 Passers-by on Ogden Avenue will glimpse the purple glow of the energy-efficient lights in the plant nursery and, eventually, the tilapia swimming in the massive blue tanks of the aquaponic system, providing nutrients to the plants. Greg Trotter, chicagotribune.com, "Farm on Ogden aims to bring fresh produce and jobs to troubled North Lawndale," 12 June 2018 Visitors will glimpse how machines may continue to integrate into our society’s operation by highlighting recent advancements in the field. OregonLive.com, "The robots are coming: Robot Revolution at OMSI offers a glimpse into the future," 14 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Before the camera caught a glimpse of the snapshot, Joy promptly deleted the photo and leaned in to take a new one. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Host Joy Behar Stops Show Over Hilarious Photo Dispute With Fans," 5 Nov. 2018 Below, catch a glimpse of the customer requested collection, and get the full scoop from Nell Diamond herself on how the Hill House Home team used Instagram poll data in its production. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "How Hill House Home Used Instagram Polls To Launch Their New Bath Line," 1 Nov. 2018 During their visit to their namesake British county on Wednesday, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex spent time chatting and joking with royal family fans who’d come out in their thousands to catch a glimpse of the couple. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton Both Often Break This Unofficial Royal Protocol," 3 Oct. 2018 Fans caught a glimpse of what having the team’s international attacking trio of Rodriguez, Raul Ruidiaz and Nicolas Lodeiro on the field at the same time can mean. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Victor Rodriguez back starting — for now — just when the Sounders need him most," 1 Oct. 2018 For the past two weeks, on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Moneyball Pro-Am, Spartans fans have caught a glimpse of the 5-foot-10 point guard from Clarkston who won the 2018 Michigan Mr. Basketball award. George Stoia, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State: Foster Loyer looks like he may help, even at Moneyball," 11 July 2018 The Obamas literally got the red-carpet treatment at 10 Downing Street during their 2011 visit, and crowds lined the streets outside Buckingham Palace hoping to catch a glimpse of the couple as they were driven inside to meet the Queen. Jennifer Hassan, Washington Post, "From effigies to egging: The British have a long history of dissing U.S. presidents," 11 July 2018 Catching a glimpse of Fiona swimming around her tank is Instagram gold, although the Cincinnati Zoo has plenty of other opportunities for cute-spotting in the Rhino Reserve or Monkey Island, home of the exotic, red-faced Japanese Macaques. Annie Zaleski, Cincinnati.com, "See Cincinnati with fresh eyes and visit these 7 postcard-worthy sites," 29 June 2018 Five-star point guard Ashton Hagans stepped off the train to a crowd of more than 1,000 fans who had lined up to catch a glimpse of the newest Kentucky basketball team at a tour stop Sunday in Midway. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Reclassifying is trending up in college basketball, for better or worse," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of glimpse

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

circa 1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glimpse

Verb

Middle English glimsen; akin to Middle High German glimsen to glimmer, Old English glǣm gleam

Noun

see glimpse entry 1

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The first known use of glimpse was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for glimpse

glimpse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to look at or see (something or someone) for a very short time

glimpse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief or quick view or look

glimpse

verb
\ˈglimps \
glimpsed; glimpsing

Kids Definition of glimpse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch a quick view of

glimpse

noun

Kids Definition of glimpse (Entry 2 of 2)

: a short hurried look

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