- striking obliquely and bouncing off at an angle: a glancing blow.
- brief and indirect: glancing references to his dubious past.
Origin of glancing
- to look quickly or briefly.
- to gleam or flash: a silver brooch glancing in the sunlight.
- to strike a surface or object obliquely, especially so as to bounce off at an angle (often followed by off): The arrow glanced off his shield.
- to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usually followed by at).
- to cast a glance or brief look at; catch a glimpse of.
- to cast or reflect, as a gleam.
- to throw, hit, kick, shoot, etc. (something) so that it glances off a surface or object.
- a quick or brief look.
- a gleam or flash of light, especially reflected light.
- a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound.
- a passing reference or allusion; insinuation.
- Digital Technology. information on an electronic screen that can be understood quickly or at a glance: Get news and weather glances on your phone. Tap anywhere on a glance to open the app.
- Cricket. a stroke in which the batsman deflects the ball with the bat, as to leg.
Origin of glance1
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Examples from the Web for glancing
Glancing at historical facts, the evidence is undoubtedly clear.To Beat ISIS, the Arab World Must Promote Political and Religious Reforms
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Case in point: “You should get to the core of the difference between us,” suggests Robert, glancing over at Michelle.The Great Marriage Behind ‘The Good Wife’
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Monseigneur C—— delivered his text in a calm voice, glancing quietly over the congregation.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
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At the time, it looked like a glancing blow to the GOP campaign.Sorry Conservatives, Benghazi Won’t Stop Clinton
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Arran Bardige smoothes over his T-shirt and baggy jeans, glancing nervously at his phone.’90s Soap Star Antonio Sabato Jr. Is My Wingman
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"I've just finished," said Percival, glancing down the last sheet.The Spenders
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Glancing at them she saw that they were both addressed to her.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
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"Don't be a fool, Buck," said Jasper, glancing over his shoulder.Way of the Lawless
Glancing about her she discovered that it came from a room half under ground.Weighed and Wanting
The Professor—I had guessed his identity—joined us, glancing at me inquisitively.The Bacillus of Beauty
- (intr) to look hastily or briefly
- (intr; foll by over, through, etc) to look over brieflyto glance through a report
- (intr) to reflect, glint, or gleamthe sun glanced on the water
- (intr usually foll by off) to depart (from an object struck) at an oblique anglethe arrow glanced off the tree
- (tr) to strike at an oblique anglethe arrow glanced the tree
- a hasty or brief look; peep
- at a glance from one's first look; immediately
- a flash or glint of light; gleam
- the act or an instance of an object glancing or glancing off another
- a brief allusion or reference
- cricket a stroke in which the ball is deflected off the bat to the leg side; glide
- any mineral having a metallic lustre, esp a simple sulphidecopper glance
Word Origin and History for glancing
c.1500, "sudden movement producing a flash," from glance (v.). Meaning "brief or hurried look" is from 1590s.
mid-15c., of weapons, from glacen "to graze, strike a glancing blow" (c.1300), from Old French glacier "to slip, make slippery," from glace "ice" (see glacial). Sense of "look quickly" (first recorded 1580s) probably was influenced in form and meaning by Middle English glenten "look askance" (see glint). Related: Glanced; glancing.