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.
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.
Archaic. a passing reference or allusion; insinuation.
- glance , glimpse
Other definitions for glance (2 of 2)
any of various minerals having a luster that indicates a metallic nature.
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How to use glance in a sentence
This activity card shows users new, relevant listings that have been posted since the user last searched for a particular job, making it easier for jobseekers to tell whether new listings are available at a glance.Google’s new features for product, job and recipe activity cards usher users along their journey | George Nguyen | August 18, 2020 | Search Engine Land
That’s a smart suggestion, and something I wish I’d thought to look at, although after taking a very brief glance at it now, I’m not sure how much it would have mattered.Our Election Forecast Didn’t Say What I Thought It Would | Nate Silver (firstname.lastname@example.org) | August 17, 2020 | FiveThirtyEight
Profile attributes appear in your GMB listing, local Knowledge Panel and the local 3-pack, and make details about how your business is operating available at a glance.
The best way to absorb that data is a quick glance at a chart or graph.
Still, you may one day pass a big rig and, with a startled glance into the cab, notice no one’s at the wheel.TuSimple’s Robot Big Rigs Will Automate Freight Coast to Coast | Jason Dorrier | July 5, 2020 | Singularity Hub
The two major complaints minority communities have against the police seem at first glance paradoxical.
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had the face of a woman and poisonous snakes for hair; her glance could turn men to stone.
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 | Samantha Allen | November 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It only takes one glance of Alton's Ebola Survival Handbook to recognize the real threat: him.
He was very sincere and nice, but I saw him glance at the pink moustache across my lip.
Madame de Condillac stood watching him, her face composed, her glance cold.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
At Felipe's cry, the women waiting in the hall hurried in, wailing aloud as their first glance showed them all was over.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
Her glance wandered from his face away toward the Gulf, whose sonorous murmur reached her like a loving but imperative entreaty.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories | Kate Chopin
She glanced up at him softly, under long lashes,—a thrilling glance; but he missed its radiance, for his own eyes were far away.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
Suddenly he shot a disturbing glance at Tressan's face, and the corner of his wild-cat mustachios twitched.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for glance (1 of 2)
(intr) to look hastily or briefly
(intr; foll by over, through, etc) to look over briefly: to glance through a report
(intr) to reflect, glint, or gleam: the sun glanced on the water
(intr usually foll by off) to depart (from an object struck) at an oblique angle: the arrow glanced off the tree
(tr) to strike at an oblique angle: the 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
- glancing, adverb
- glancingly, adverb
British Dictionary definitions for glance (2 of 2)
any mineral having a metallic lustre, esp a simple sulphide: copper glance
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Other Idioms and Phrases with glance
see at first blush (glance).
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