glance

1.
v. & n.
—v.
1 intr. (often foll. by down, up, etc.) cast a momentary look (glanced up at the sky).
2 intr. (often foll. by off) (esp. of a weapon) glide or bounce (off an object).
3 intr. (usu. foll. by over, off, from) (of talk or a talker) pass quickly over a subject or subjects (glanced over the question of payment).
4 intr. (of a bright object or light) flash, dart, or gleam; reflect (the sun glanced off the knife).
5 tr. (esp. of a weapon) strike (an object) obliquely.
6 tr. Cricket deflect (the ball) with an oblique stroke.
—n.
1 (usu. foll. by at, into, over, etc.) a brief look (took a glance at the paper; threw a glance over her shoulder).
2 a a flash or gleam (a glance of sunlight). b a sudden movement producing this.
3 a swift oblique movement or impact.
4 Cricket a stroke with the bat's face turned slantwise to deflect the ball.
Phrases and idioms:
at a glance immediately upon looking. glance at
1 give a brief look at.
2 make a passing and usu. sarcastic allusion to. glance one's eye (foll. by at, over, etc.) look at briefly (esp. a document). glance over (or through) read cursorily.
Derivatives:
glancingly adv.
Etymology: ME glence etc., prob. a nasalized form of obs. glace in the same sense, f. OF glacier to slip: see GLACIS
2.
n. any lustrous sulphide ore (copper glance; lead glance).
Etymology: G Glanz lustre

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Glance — Glance, n. [Akin to D. glans luster, brightness, G. glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands brightness, glimpse. Cf. {Gleen}, {Glint}, {Glitter}, and {Glance} a mineral.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sudden flash of light or splendor. [1913 Webster] Swift as the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glance — can mean:* Glance, a sulfide ore of lead more commonly known as galena * Glance, a behavioral event related to vision * Glance, webconferencing software created by Glance Networks * Glance (album), the debut album of english singer Rose Kemp …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — index vision (dream) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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

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