Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To direct the gaze briefly: glance at the menu; glanced in the rearview mirror.
  • intransitive v. To move rapidly from one thing to another. Used of the eyes.
  • intransitive v. To shine briefly; glint. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield. See Synonyms at brush1.
  • intransitive v. To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict.
  • transitive v. To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick.
  • transitive v. To cause to strike a surface at an angle: glanced a stone off the wall.
  • n. A brief or cursory look: gave the paper a glance before breakfast.
  • n. A quick flash of light; a gleam.
  • n. An oblique movement following impact; a deflection: The car struck the barrier and went off at a glance.
  • idiom at first glance On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable.
  • n. Any of various minerals that have a brilliant luster: silver glance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To look briefly (at something).
  • v. To graze a surface.
  • v. To sparkle
  • v. To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
  • n. A brief or cursory look.
  • n. A deflection.
  • n. A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side
  • n. glance coal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden flash of light or splendor.
  • n. A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a swift survey; a glimpse.
  • n. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
  • n. A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.
  • intransitive v. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash.
  • intransitive v. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath glanced”.
  • intransitive v. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.
  • intransitive v. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
  • transitive v. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment.
  • transitive v. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden shoot of light or splendor; a transient gleam.
  • n. A sudden look; a rapid or momentary view or directing of the eye; a sudden and brief turning of the attention toward something.
  • n. A brief incidental notice; a passing reference: as, a rapid glance at the remote cause of an event.
  • n. A sudden change of direction of the motion of a projectile or other moving body, due to contact with a deflecting surface; deflected motion.
  • n. In mining and mineralogy, the English equivalent of the German glanz, a term used by German miners to designate various ores possessing that peculiar luster and color which indicate that they are metalliferous combinations.
  • To shoot or dart a ray or rays of light or splendor; emit flashes or coruscations of light; flash.
  • To appear and disappear rapidly, like a gleam of light; be visible for an instant.
  • To look with a sudden rapid directing of the vision; snatch a momentary or hasty view.
  • To make an incidental or passing reflection or allusion; hint; advert briefly.
  • To be deflected and move off in an oblique direction; move obliquely.
  • To cause to shoot or dart, as a ray of light; reflect, as a gleam.
  • To direct rapidly and for a moment, as the eye or the attention.
  • To suggest; hint.
  • n. In railroading, an incline or shoot made of timber, erected on a mountainside and designed to cause snow which slides down the mountain to glance or turn aside from the track.
  • n. In cricket, a stroke by which, instead of being hit, the ball is allowed to strike the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side; a glide.
  • In metal-working, to polish very highly; burnish; planish.
  • In cricket, to allow (the ball) to meet the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quick look
  • v. hit at an angle
  • v. throw a glance at; take a brief look at

Etymologies

Middle English glauncen, alteration (influenced by glenten, to shine) of glacen, from Old French glacer, to slide; see glacis.
German Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • For now, he could focus on only one thought: he would never again glance at his watch without being reminded of the man who gave it to him.

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  • It was something sudden, and it makes one shiver to think of a strong man with all the strength withered out of him by one glance from the soft eyes of a weak, blond, female creature like Flush of Gold.

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  • Under the old eyes of a principal whose narrow glance is ample to subdue but not appall, the children spill around the skinned and limbless maple as if outside the temple of a declining god of simple rituals easily met.

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  • Something I noticed about both designs that might not be immediately apparent on first glance is that the mechanisms appear to be designed to allow the chest to be closed and locked without access to the key.

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  • One glance is all it takes, and I'm standing once more in the Luxembourg Gardens, somewhere in May.

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  • A good writer can take a concept that, at first glance, is as old as the hills, and -- with a little ingenuity and a lot of imagination -- put an entirely new spin on it that makes it seem fresh.

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