What does glance mean?

Definitions for glance
glæns, glɑnsglance

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glance, glimpse, coup d'oeilverb

    a quick look

  2. glance, peek, glintverb

    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. glanceverb

    hit at an angle


  1. glancenoun

    A brief or cursory look.

  2. glancenoun

    A deflection.

  3. glancenoun

    A form of mineral with a brilliant lustre.

  4. glanceverb

    To look briefly (at something).

    She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.

  5. glanceverb

    To graze a surface.

  6. glanceverb

    To sparkle

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

  7. glanceverb

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. GLANCEnoun

    Etymology: glantz, German, glitter.

    His off’ring soon propitious fire from heav’n
    Consum’d with nimble glance, and grateful steam:
    The other’s not; for his was not sincere. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    The aspects which procure love are not gazings, but sudden glances and dartings of the eye. Francis Bacon, Nat. History.

    There are of those sort of beauties which last but for a moment; some particularity of a violent passion, some graceful action, a smile, a glance of an eye, a disdainful look, and a look of gravity. John Dryden, Dufresnoy.

    The ample mind takes a survey of several objects with one glance. Isaac Watts, Improvement of the Mind.

  2. To Glanceverb

    To move nimbly; to shoot obliquely.

    Glancing an eye of pity on his losses,
    Enough to press a royal merchant down. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Ven.

  3. To Glanceverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    He double blows about him fiercely laid,
    That glancing fire out of the iron play’d,
    As sparkles from the anvil use,
    When heavy hammers on the wedge are sway’d. Fai. Queen.

    When through the gloom the glancing lightnings fly,
    Heavy the rattling thunders roll on high. Nicholas Rowe.

    He has a little gall’d me, I confess;
    But as the jest did glance away from me,
    ’Tis ten to one it maim’d you two outright. William Shakespeare.

    Pois’d in air, the jav’lin sent,
    Through Paris’ shield the forceful weapon went,
    His corslet pierces, and his garment rends,
    And glancing downwards near his flank descends. Alexander Pope.

    O’ th’ sudden up they rise and dance,
    Then sit again, and sigh and glance;
    Then dance again, and kiss. John Suckling.

    Mighty dulness crown’d,
    Shall take through Grub-street her triumphant round;
    And her Parnassus glancing o’er at once,
    Behold a hundred sons, and each a dunce. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    The cooing dove
    Flies thick in am’rous chace, and wanton rolls
    The glancing eye, and turns the changeful scene. James Thomson.

    How can’st thou thus, for shame, Titania,
    Glance at my credit with Hippolita,
    Knowing I know thy love to Theseus? William Shakespeare.

    Some men glance and dart at others, by justifying themselves by negatives; as to say, this I do not. Francis Bacon, Essay 23.

    I have never glanced upon the late designed procession of his holiness and his attendants, notwithstanding it might have afforded matter to many ludicrous speculations. Joseph Addison, Spect.

    It was objected against him that he had written verses, wherein he glanced at a certain reverend doctor, famous for dulness. Jonathan Swift.


  1. glance

    A glance is a brief or quick look at something or someone. It usually takes a very short time, often just a fraction of a second. Glance can also refer to a momentary or partial view or reading of something. In terms of physics, it refers to the act of hitting a surface at an angle and sliding off, instead of stopping or bouncing back.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glancenoun

    a sudden flash of light or splendor

  2. Glancenoun

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

  3. Glancenoun

    an incidental or passing thought or allusion

  4. Glancenoun

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

  5. Glanceverb

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

  6. Glanceverb

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

  7. Glanceverb

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

  8. Glanceverb

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

  9. Glanceverb

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

  10. Glanceverb

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

  11. Glanceverb

    to hint at; to touch lightly or briefly

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glance

    glans, n. a sudden shoot of light: a darting of the eye: a momentary view: a term applied to minerals exhibiting a pseudo-metallic lustre.—v.i. to dart a ray of light or splendour: to snatch a momentary view: to fly off obliquely: to make a passing allusion.—v.t. to dart suddenly or obliquely: to hint.—n. Glance′-coal, any hard coal, like anthracite, so called from its metallic lustre.—adv. Glanc′ingly. [From a Teut. root seen in Sw. glans, Dut. glans, Ger. glanz, lustre, and allied to Eng. glint.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. glance

    (See NORTHERN-GLANCE.) Also, a name for anthracite coal.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Glance is ranked #47272 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Glance surname appeared 449 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Glance.

    90.8% or 408 total occurrences were White.
    4.6% or 21 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.1% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glance in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of glance in a Sentence

  1. Adam Lach:

    At first glance, it seems therefore that it is better. But it is not, this illegal trade is running as before, even faster, only ever more discreetly.

  2. Oliver Goldsmith:

    The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled.

  3. Kristina Jackson:

    On initial glance the findings seem to be in contradiction, but the important difference between the two studies is the comparison group.

  4. Cynthia Heimel:

    Never judge someone by who he's in love with judge him by his friends. People fall in love with the most appalling people. Take a cool, appraising glance at his pals.

  5. Tom Emrich:

    What I don’t like are the notifications, because they aren’t contextual and there’s no way to filter them based on what I want to see and what I don’t want to see, google Glass could have solved the ergonomic problem with having to glance down at a smartphone constantly, yet having every single text message and email pop-up is not helpful.

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