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

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 But here, the grandmother, losing sight of the present but often glimpsing her past, is always vital despite the ravages of time. Bob Blaisdell, The Christian Science Monitor, "'A Terrible Country' follows an ex-pat who returns to experience life in Russia," 11 July 2018 Here is the seventh and final installment of a series that checks in with the seven Division I programs in the state to glimpse into the past and the future. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Review & preview: Maryland men’s lacrosse," 12 June 2018 Still, their words, backed by often-daunting imagery and disturbing historical perspective (oh, those Belgians!), provide a haunting window into a deeply anarchic world too-rarely glimpsed. Gary Goldstein, latimes.com, "Documentary 'This Is Congo' views war-torn African nation through four lives," 28 June 2018 Among his more than 22 million followers, all of this inspires a level of righteous devotion rarely glimpsed outside of the replies to a Taylor Swift tweet. Bijan Stephen, The Verge, "The gospel of Elon Musk, according to his flock," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The star, 40, shared new glimpses of her son, Crew, and her secret to getting her little one to sleep on her Instagram Story Wednesday. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Joanna Gaines Shares the Very Waco Way She Gets Her Newborn Son Crew to Sleep," 12 July 2018 Having welcomed baby True on April 12, 2018, Khloé Kardashian has begun sharing glimpses of her new baby with the world via Instagram. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Khloé Kardashian Just Shared Her First Selfie with Baby True, and It's Adorable," 27 May 2018 In this series, photographer An Rong Xu shares a glimpse of local New York beauty pageant, the Miss Angel Model Contest from 2013. Sable Yong, Allure, "Banana Magazine Is Exploring Asian-American Gender Identity in a Completely New Way," 25 May 2018 The Colombian superstar took to her social media accounts to share a glimpse at the process of putting together her tour, posting various photos and videos of herself rehearsing, meeting her team and showing off some dance moves. Suzette Fernandez, Billboard, "Shakira Takes Fans Behind the Scenes of 'El Dorado Tour' Preparations: Watch," 21 May 2018 Yet aside from a few witnesses who have shared glimpses of their experiences with Mueller's team, the exact contours of the investigation remain opaque — even for Trump's lawyers, who have been in regular contact with Mueller's investigators. chicagotribune.com, "'Buckle up': As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing," 14 May 2018 Yet aside from a few witnesses who have shared glimpses of their experiences with Mueller's team, the exact contours of the investigation remain opaque – even for Trump's lawyers, who have been in regular contact with Mueller's investigators. Anchorage Daily News, "‘Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing," 14 May 2018 Yet aside from a few witnesses who have shared glimpses of their experiences with Mueller’s team, the exact contours of the investigation remain opaque – even for Trump’s lawyers, who have been in regular contact with Mueller’s investigators. The Seattle Times, "Buckle up’: As Mueller probe enters second year, Trump and allies go on war footing," 13 May 2018 Milwaukee's moves to this point have given a glimpse at what general manager Jon Horst and new coach Mike Budenholzer value in players who are joining the roster. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With recent additions, Bucks starting to take shape," 9 July 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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