glancing

[ glan-sing, glahn- ]
/ ˈglæn sɪŋ, ˈglɑn- /

adjective

striking obliquely and bouncing off at an angle: a glancing blow.
brief and indirect: glancing references to his dubious past.

Nearby words

  1. glamour stock,
  2. glamping,
  3. glamping ,
  4. glance,
  5. glanceable,
  6. glancing angle,
  7. glancingly,
  8. gland,
  9. gland of auditory tube,
  10. gland of moll

Origin of glancing

First recorded in 1485–95; glance1 + -ing2

Related formsglanc·ing·ly, adverb

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
2. glisten, scintillate. See flash. 3. reflect, ricochet. 9. glitter.

Can be confusedglance glimpse

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British Dictionary definitions for glancing

glance

1
/ (ɡlɑːns) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsglancing, 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

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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Word Origin and History for glancing
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Idioms and Phrases with glancing

glance

see at first blush (glance).

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