a very brief, passing look, sight, or view.
a momentary or slight appearance.
a vague idea; inkling.
Archaic. a gleam, as of light.
to catch or take a glimpse of.
to look briefly; glance (usually followed by at).
Archaic. to come into view; appear faintly.
- glimpser, noun
- un·glimpsed, adjective
- glance, glimpse
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How to use glimpse in a sentence
Just for a glimpse, you can find potential customers based on the traits of your existing customers or the customers of your competitors.Five ways to use machine learning in digital marketing | Birbahadur Kathayat | February 12, 2021 | Search Engine Watch
A quick glimpse of the interface in the video really does look a lot like you’d expect an in-game character design tool to look.Meet the eerily realistic digital people made with Epic’s MetaHuman Creator | Stan Horaczek | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
While multiple causes were at play, the spatial disorientation factor offers a glimpse at the ways in which a person’s senses can deceive them, especially if they’re flying an aircraft.This surprisingly common flight issue contributed to Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash | Rob Verger | February 11, 2021 | Popular-Science
Sewer tests are now providing a direct glimpse of just how many people are infected with the variant in some cities.The fast-spreading coronavirus variant is turning up in US sewers | Stephanie Arnett | February 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The horrors of the past year have given us a brief glimpse into what it’s like to live in a world ravaged by infectious disease.Smallpox used to kill millions of people every year. Here’s how humans beat it. | Kelsey Piper | February 5, 2021 | Vox
Buzzfeed shows us a potentially terrifying glimpse of the future.
At his year-end, pre-Hawaii press conference, we caught a rare glimpse of peak Obama.The Liberation of the Lame Duck: Obama Goes Full Bulworth | John Avlon | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The tumult was such that young Sarah had cause to worry that she might not get even a glimpse of Will and Kate.
On the back cover of the first paperback edition we get a glimpse of the media buzz.
Not until someone catches on video one small glimpse of your everyday reality and even then, can you get justice?‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson | Cory Booker | November 26, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Just as it disappeared from view he caught a glimpse of a charming little girl, peeping out of a latticed window beside the door.Davy and The Goblin | Charles E. Carryl
While the door was open he caught a glimpse of the street outside—and of Glavis on the sidewalk below.The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
Lawrence mingled with the crowd, and as he read he felt a bulky envelope thrust in his hand and caught a glimpse of a dusky arm.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Isabel had a glimpse of a delicate high-bred face set like a panel in a parted curtain.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Black Sheep climbed into bed feeling that he had lost Heaven after a glimpse through the gates.Kipling Stories and Poems Every Child Should Know, Book II | Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for glimpse
a brief or incomplete view: to catch a glimpse of the sea
a vague indication: he had a glimpse of what the lecturer meant
archaic a glimmer of light
(tr) to catch sight of briefly or momentarily
(intr usually foll by at) mainly US to look (at) briefly or cursorily; glance (at)
(intr) archaic to shine faintly; glimmer
- glimpser, noun
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