- 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 glimpsed
Hundreds of years ago the most beautiful women of Havana were only glimpsed stepping in or out of carriages on this street.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Egos flare, tempers simmer over, and occasionally true culinary genius and ingenuity is glimpsed.‘Chopped’: Why I’m Obsessed with Food Network’s Reality Competition Show
April 2, 2013
I first glimpsed 11-year-old Yussef Mohamed tenderly cleaning the face of someone wounded.The Agony of Syria’s Children
April 1, 2013
Maybe our president has learned that he leads us best when he follows what Romano glimpsed in those piercingly tranquil eyes.Phil Romano, the New York Cop Who Saved Martin Luther King Jr.’s Life
January 21, 2013
But unlike the legendary climber, she only glimpsed but never quite reached the summit.Susan Rice Didn’t Deserve State Post, Let Alone Her U.N. Role
December 14, 2012
Her foot, glimpsed beneath her skirt, was slender and graceful, too.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
He glimpsed the boy in the kitchen doorway behind the sheriff.The Coyote
Had she not glimpsed more, in those months at Highacres, than her mother dreamed?Highacres
In truth he had only glimpsed a darting figure, but one he knew!They of the High Trails
A second time I glimpsed the Slav behind his veneer of civilization.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
- 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 glimpsed
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.).