glance

1
[ glans, glahns ]
/ glæns, glɑns /

verb (used without object), glanced, glanc·ing.

verb (used with object), glanced, glanc·ing. Archaic.

noun

Origin of glance

1
1400–50; late Middle English glancen (v.), nasalized variant (perhaps influenced by obsolete glent; see glint) of Middle English glacen to strike a glancing blow < Old French glacier to slip, slide < Latin glaciāre to freeze. See glacé

SYNONYMS FOR glance

3 reflect, ricochet.
9 glitter.

Can be confused

glance glimpse

Definition for glance (2 of 2)

glance

2
[ glans, glahns ]
/ glæns, glɑns /

noun

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

Origin of glance

2
First recorded in 1795–1805, glance is from the German word Glanz brightness, luster
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British Dictionary definitions for glance (1 of 2)

glance

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/ (ɡlɑːns) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

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

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)

glance

2
/ (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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Idioms and Phrases with glance

glance


see at first blush (glance).

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