Definitions for glanceglæns, glɑns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

glanceglæns, glɑns(v.; n.)glanced, glanc•ing

  1. (v.i.)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.

  4. to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usu. fol. by at).

  5. (v.t.)to throw, hit, kick, or shoot (something) so as to cause an oblique bounce off a surface or object.

  6. cast or reflect, as a gleam.

  7. cast a glance at; catch a glimpse of.

  8. (n.)a quick or brief look:

    She memorized the chart at a glance.

  9. a gleam or flash, esp. of reflected light.

  10. a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound.

  11. a passing reference or allusion.

Origin of glance:

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. glance, glimpse, coup d'oeil(verb)

    a quick look

  2. glance, peek, glint(verb)

    throw a glance at; take a brief look at

    "She only glanced at the paper"; "I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"

  3. glance(verb)

    hit at an angle

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. glance(verb)æns, glɑns

    to look quickly

    She glanced over at her brother.

  2. glance(noun)æns, glɑns

    a quick look

    a quick glance at his watch

  3. glanceæns, glɑns

    (of two people) to communicate by looking at each other

    The boys exchanged glances.

  4. glanceæns, glɑns

    looking at sth very quickly

    These are the statistics at a glance.


  1. glance(Noun)

    A brief or cursory look.

  2. glance(Noun)

    A deflection.

  3. glance(Noun)

    A form of mineral with a brilliant lustre.

  4. glance(Verb)

    To look briefly (at something).

    She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.

  5. glance(Verb)

    To graze a surface.

  6. glance(Verb)

    To sparkle

    The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond.

  7. glance(Verb)

    To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glance(noun)

    a sudden flash of light or splendor

  2. Glance(noun)

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

  3. Glance(noun)

    an incidental or passing thought or allusion

  4. Glance(noun)

    a name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance

  5. Glance(verb)

    to shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash

  6. Glance(verb)

    to strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. "Your arrow hath glanced"

  7. Glance(verb)

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

  8. Glance(verb)

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

  9. Glance(verb)

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

  10. Glance(verb)

    to shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye

  11. Glance(verb)

    to hint at; to touch lightly or briefly

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glance' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4028

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glance' in Nouns Frequency: #1519

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glance' in Verbs Frequency: #474

Translations for glance

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a brief or quick look

I had a glance at the books last night.

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