What does glimpse mean?

Definitions for glimpse

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Princeton's WordNet

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

    a quick look

  2. glimpse(noun)

    a brief or incomplete view

    "from the window he could catch a glimpse of the lake"

  3. glimpse(verb)

    a vague indication

    "he caught only a glimpse of the professor's meaning"

  4. glimpse(verb)

    catch a glimpse of or see briefly

    "We glimpsed the Queen as she got into her limousine"


  1. glimpse(Noun)

    A brief look, glance, or peek.

    I only got a glimpse of the car, so I can tell you it was blue, but not what sort it was.

  2. glimpse(Verb)

    To see or view briefly or incompletely.

    I have only begun to glimpse the magnitude of the problem.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glimpse(noun)

    a sudden flash; transient luster

    Etymology: [For glimse, from the root of glimmer.]

  2. Glimpse(noun)

    a short, hurried view; a transitory or fragmentary perception; a quick sight

    Etymology: [For glimse, from the root of glimmer.]

  3. Glimpse(noun)

    a faint idea; an inkling

    Etymology: [For glimse, from the root of glimmer.]

  4. Glimpse(verb)

    to appear by glimpses; to catch glimpses

    Etymology: [For glimse, from the root of glimmer.]

  5. Glimpse(verb)

    to catch a glimpse of; to see by glimpses; to have a short or hurried view of

    Etymology: [For glimse, from the root of glimmer.]



    GLIMPSE is a text indexing and retrieval software program originally developed at the University of Arizona by Udi Manber, Sun Wu, and Burra Gopal. A web server version called WebGlimpse is now being maintained under a pay per line licence. Neither project could be considered open source although there are some similarities. GLIMPSE stands for GLobal IMPlicit SEarch. While many text indexing schemes create quite large indexes, a GLIMPSE-created index is only 2-4% of the size of the original text. GLIMPSE uses and takes a great deal of inspiration from Agrep, which was also developed at the University of Arizona, but GLIMPSE uses a high level index whereas Agrep parses all the text each time. The basic algorithm is similar to other text indexing and retrieval engines, except that the text records in the index are huge, consisting of multiple files each. This index is searched using a boolean matching algorithm like most other text indexing and retrieval engines. After one or more of these large text records is matched, Agrep is used to actually scan for the exact text desired. While this is slower than traditional totally indexed approaches, the advantage of the smaller index is seen to be advantageous to the individual user. This approach would not work particularly well across websites, but it would work reasonably well for a single site, or a single workstation. In addition, the smaller index can be created more quickly than a full index.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glimpse

    glimps, n. a short gleam: a weak light: transient lustre: a hurried view: fleeting enjoyment: the exhibition of a faint resemblance.—v.i. to appear by glimpses.—v.t. to get a glimpse of. [M. E. glimsen, to glimpse, a variant of glimmer.]


  1. Glimpse

    Glimpse.com is a trendy, high-fashion site that lets fashionistas search for clothes, shoes, cosmetics and accessories. Fashion mongers can browse online stores, refine their searches by price, color or sale item, and see popular trends. The site is mostly aimed at women but does have some mens’ products. For instance, if you search for “skinny jeans” you might find one male item per search result page.The site was recently acquired by TheFind.com for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition will leave Glimpse.com as a standalone site, but it will have its shopping search engine powered by TheFind.com. The new search engine will allow it to cover more online boutiques, brand stores and specialty fashion retailers. Glimpse.com users will also get another feature out of the acquisition. The handy MyFinds bar will be added to the bottom of each Glimpse.com page. It allows shoppers to save product items as small thumbnails on the bottom each page. The feature works great as a quick comparison tool and shopping cart. You can also share your MyFinds’ items with friends. The site includes higher-end online stores like Juicy Couture, Hollister, Burberry and Ann Taylor.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glimpse' in Nouns Frequency: #2802

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glimpse in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glimpse in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of glimpse in a Sentence

  1. Marla Maples:

    I always look forward to introducing him to my friends, especially the ones with preconceived notions, because they meet a man with natural charm and no facade. In person, my father is so friendly, so considerate, so funny, and so real. My friends walk away with a glimpse of all that he is and all that he means to me -- of the strong, protective, kind, endearing man I am so proud to call my father.

  2. Brie Larson:

    To have this little boy who could step into the world for the first time with a pretty nice vocabulary and be able to explain to us what the world looks like to him was such a beautiful glimpse that I hadn't seen.

  3. Sigmund Freud, Letter to Carl Jung, January 17, 1909:

    We are certainly getting ahead; if I am Moses, then you are Joshua and will take possession of the promised land of psychiatry, which I shall only be able to glimpse from afar.

  4. Jailson Correia:

    We are just getting a glimpse of the dimension of a problem likely to remain with us for years to come.

  5. Tim Holan:

    Whether it was a field in Iowa or a parking lot in Chattanooga, Tennessee, we had to find a spot to unload all the animals from the train, the train operators would often know in advance where we were going, and they would bring their families to get a glimpse of the show.

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