glance

glance
[[t]glæns, glɑns[/t]]
v. glanced, glanc•ing, n.
1) to look quickly or briefly
2) to gleam or flash; scintillate
3) to strike a surface or object obliquely, esp. so as to bounce off at an angle (often fol. by off):
The arrow glanced off his shield[/ex]
4) to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usu. fol. by at)
5) to throw, hit, kick, or shoot (something) so as to cause an oblique bounce off a surface or object
6) archaic to cast or reflect, as a gleam
7) archaic to cast a glance at; catch a glimpse of
8) a quick or brief look:
She memorized the chart at a glance[/ex]
9) a gleam or flash, esp. of reflected light
10) a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound
11) a passing reference or allusion
Etymology: 1400–50; late ME; alter. (perh. influenced by obs. glent; see glint) of ME glacen to strike a glancing blow < OF glacier to slip, slide < L glaciāre to freeze. See glacé

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • glance — glance, glimpse A glance (which can be followed by at, into, over, or through) is a brief look • (He cast a doting glance at his wife M. Underwood, 1973 • There were glances of frustration as balls went astray and half chances failed to be… …   Modern English usage

  • glance — [n1] brief look eye*, eyeball*, flash*, fleeting look, gander, glimpse, lamp*, look, look see*, peek, peep, quick look, sight, slant*, squint, swivel*, view; concept 623 Ant. stare glance [n2] reflection of light coruscation, flash, gleam,… …   New thesaurus

  • Glance — Glance, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Glanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glancing}.] 1. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash. [1913 Webster] From art, from nature, from the schools, Let random influences glance, Like light in many a shivered… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glance — Glance, v. t. 1. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In company I often glanced it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glance — glance1 [glans, gläns] vi. glanced, glancing [ME glansen, glenchen, prob. a blend < OFr glacier, to slip (see GLACIS) + guenchir, to elude < Frank * wenkjan, to totter; akin to OE wancol, unstable] 1. to strike a surface obliquely and go… …   English World dictionary

  • glance — vb 1 *brush, graze, shave, skim Analogous words: *slide, slip, glide: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): dart, *fly 2 glint, *flash, gleam, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintil …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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  • glance at — index notice (observe) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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