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Meaning of glance by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Alternative forms


    • ( UK ) IPA: /ɡlɑːns/
      Rhymes: -ɑːns
    • ( US ) IPA: /ɡlæns/
      Rhymes: -æns


    glance ( third-person singular simple present glances present participle glancing, simple past and past participle glanced )

    1. ( intransitive ) To look briefly ( at something ) .
      She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror .
    2. ( intransitive ) To graze a surface .
    3. To sparkle
      The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond .
    4. ( soccer ) To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.


    Derived terms


    glance ( plural: glances )

    1. A brief or cursory look.
    2. A deflection .
    3. A form of mineral with a brilliant lustre .
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Explanation of glance by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. hit at an angle

    2. throw a glance at

    3. She only glanced at the paper
    1. a quick look

    Definition of glance by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Glance n. [Akin to D. glans luster, brightness, G. glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands brightness, glimpse. Cf. Gleen, Glint, Glitter, and Glance a mineral.]

      1. A sudden flash of light or splendor.

      Swift as the lightning glance. Milton.

      2. A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a swift survey; a glimpse.

      Dart not scornful glances from those eyes. Shak.

      3. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.

      How fleet is a glance of the mind. Cowper.

      4. ( Min. ) A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.

      Glance coal, anthracite; a mineral composed chiefly of carbon. -- Glance cobalt, cobaltite, or gray cobalt. -- Glance copper, chalcocite. -- Glance wood, a hard wood grown in Cuba, and used for gauging instruments, carpenters' rules, etc. McElrath.

    2. 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.

      From art, from nature, from the schools,

      Let random influences glance,

      Like light in many a shivered lance,

      That breaks about the dappled pools. Tennyson.

      2. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath glanced”. Shak.

      On me the curse aslope

      Glanced on the ground. Milton.

      3. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.

      The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling,

      Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven. Shak.

      4. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at.

      Wherein obscurely

      Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at. Shak.

      He glanced at a certain reverend doctor. Swift.

      5. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.

      And all along the forum and up the sacred seat,

      His vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing feet. Macaulay.

    3. Glance v. t.
      1. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, “to glance the eye”.

      2. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. [Obs.]

      In company I often glanced it. Shak.