- 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.
Origin of glimpse
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Examples from the Web for glimpse
The tumult was such that young Sarah had cause to worry that she might not get even a glimpse of Will and Kate.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
On the back cover of the first paperback edition we get a glimpse of the media buzz.Living Black & Gay in the ’50s
December 3, 2014
When he gets his hands on a Canon copier, the reader gets a glimpse into the unique fashion in which his mind works.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
It is a glimpse at life exactly as it was at 3:32 am on April 6, 2009 when the earthquake stopped time.Madonna, Carla Bruni & Obama Abandoned Pledges To Rebuild L'Aquila After The Quake
Barbie Latza Nadeau
November 18, 2014
That tells us not just the story of other star systems, but offers a glimpse into our own deep history, the one we can never see.The Most Stunning View Ever of Planets Being Born
Matthew R. Francis
November 9, 2014
I catch a glimpse of the grandness of your sister's meaning.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
I'll burn my copy before I will let you have a glimpse of it.In the Midst of Alarms
Yet how imperfect a glimpse do we obtain of him, through the medium of this, or any of his letters!A Book of Autographs
I thought I had a glimpse of something behind that thick bush.
At the first glimpse of the terrible head of Medusa, they whitened into marble!
- a brief or incomplete viewto catch a glimpse of the sea
- a vague indicationhe 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
Word Origin and History for glimpse
c.1400, "to glisten, be dazzling," probably from Old English *glimsian "shine faintly," from Proto-Germanic *glim- (see gleam). If so, the intrusive -p- would be there to ease pronunciation. Sense of "catch a quick view" first recorded mid-15c. Related: Glimpsed. The noun is recorded from mid-16c.; earlier in verbal noun glimpsing (mid-14c.).