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glance

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[ glans, glahns ]
/ glæns, glɑns /
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verb (used without object), glanced, glanc·ing.
verb (used with object), glanced, glanc·ing.Archaic.
noun
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Origin of glance

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First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English verb glenchen, glansen, variant (perhaps influenced by obsolete glent “to shine”) of Middle English glacen “to strike a glancing blow,” from Old French glacier “to slip, slide,” from Latin glaciāre “to freeze”; see glacé, glint

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2. See flash.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH glance

glance , glimpse

Other definitions for glance (2 of 2)

glance2
[ glans, glahns ]
/ glæns, glɑns /

noun
any of various minerals having a luster that indicates a metallic nature.

Origin of glance

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First recorded in 1795–1805; from German Glanz “brightness, luster”
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British Dictionary definitions for glance (1 of 2)

glance1
/ (ɡlɑːns) /

verb
noun

Derived forms of glance

glancing, adverbglancingly, adverb

Word Origin for glance

C15: modification of glacen to strike obliquely, from Old French glacier to slide (see glacis); compare Middle English glenten to make a rapid sideways movement, glint

usage for glance

Glance is sometimes wrongly used where glimpse is meant: he caught a glimpse (not glance) of her making her way through the crowd

British Dictionary definitions for glance (2 of 2)

glance2
/ (ɡlɑːns) /

noun
any mineral having a metallic lustre, esp a simple sulphidecopper glance

Word Origin for glance

C19: from German Glanz brightness, lustre
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Other Idioms and Phrases with glance

glance

see at first blush (glance).

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