- 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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- any of various minerals having a luster that indicates a metallic nature.
Origin of glance2
Examples from the Web for glance
The two major complaints minority communities have against the police seem at first glance paradoxical.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had the face of a woman and poisonous snakes for hair; her glance could turn men to stone.Russia’s Freest Website Now Lives in Latvia
November 29, 2014
At first glance, it might be tempting to interpret this extravagant level of compensation as a victory for the once-humble intern.Silicon Valley Interns Make a Service Worker’s Yearly Salary In Three Months
November 25, 2014
It only takes one glance of Alton's Ebola Survival Handbook to recognize the real threat: him.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
He was very sincere and nice, but I saw him glance at the pink moustache across my lip.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
"He is a good son to me," said Mrs. Rushton, with a glance of affection.Brave and Bold
She did not glance at him, but held her cigarette in silence and refused to light it.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Then she fluttered a glance at him in which there was a gleam of mockery.Viviette
William J. Locke
Someone, as he crossed the room, whirled to follow him with a glance.Way of the Lawless
At him, when I could glance at him, with disgust little short of affrightment.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- (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 glance
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.
c.1500, "sudden movement producing a flash," from glance (v.). Meaning "brief or hurried look" is from 1590s.
Idioms and Phrases with glance
see at first blush (glance).