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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glance, glimpse, coup d'oeilnoun

    a quick look

  2. glimpsenoun

    a brief or incomplete view

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

  3. glimpseverb

    a vague indication

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

  4. glimpseverb

    catch a glimpse of or see briefly

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


  1. glimpsenoun

    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. glimpseverb

    To see or view briefly or incompletely.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glimpsenoun

    Etymology: glimmen, Dutch, to glow.

    Such vast room in nature,
    Only to shine, yet scarce to contribute
    Each orb a glimpse of light, convey’d so far
    Down to this habitable, which returns
    Light back to them. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Thousands of things, which now either wholly escape our apprehensions, or, which our shortsighted reason having got some faint glimpse of, we, in the dark, grope after. John Locke.

    Light as the lightning glimpse they ran? John Milton, P. Lost.

    My thoughtless youth was wing’d with vain desires;
    My manhood, long misled by wand’ring fires,
    Follow’d false lights; and when their glimpse was gone,
    My pride struck out new spangles of her own. Dryden.

    If I, celestial sire, in aught
    Have serv’d thy will, or gratified thy thought,
    One glimpse of glory to my issue give;
    Grac’d for the little time he has to live. John Dryden, Fables.

    If, while this weary’d flesh draws fleeting breath,
    Not satisfy’d with life, afraid of death,
    If hap’ly be thy will that I should know
    Glimpse of delight, or pause from anxious woe;
    From now, from instant now, great sire, dispel
    The clouds that press my soul. Matthew Prior.

    O friends! I hear the tread of nimble feet
    Hasting this way, and now by glimpse discern
    Ithuriel, and Zephon, through the shade. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    Some he punisheth exemplarily in this world, that we might from thence have a taste or glimpse of his present justice. George Hakewill, on Providence.

    A man, used to such sort of reflections, sees as much at one glimpse as would require a long discourse to lay before another, and make out in one entire and gradual deduction. John Locke.

    What should I do! while here I was enchain’d,
    No glimpse of godlike liberty remain’d. John Dryden, Virgil.

    There is no man hath a virtue that he has not a glimpse of. William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glimpsenoun

    a sudden flash; transient luster

  2. Glimpsenoun

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

  3. Glimpsenoun

    a faint idea; an inkling

  4. Glimpseverb

    to appear by glimpses; to catch glimpses

  5. Glimpseverb

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

  6. 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.

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  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. Karen Sunde:

    To love is to receive a glimpse of heaven.

  2. 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.

  3. Cathrine Ertmann:

    But in all of this I also saw a peace and beauty, sometimes the scare is in the brief look at something. Like when you watch a horror movie, you only see a glimpse of the ghost, murderer or monster and your imagination works all the fright up for you. I think I felt I need to see everything to make it 'normal' and undramatic. And I think it works the same way with our relation to death in general.

  4. Wang Feng:

    >HONG KONG, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Living under Chinas stringent COVID-19 restrictions for the past three years had caused Zhang Qi enough stress and uncertainty to consider not having babies in the country.When China abruptly dismantled its zero COVID regime last month to let the virus spread freely, the balance tilted to a definite No, the Shanghai-based e-commerce executive said.Stories about mothers and babies not being able to see doctors as medical facilities were overwhelmed by COVID infections were the final straw for Zhang.I heard that giving birth at a public hospital is just horrific. I really wouldn’t consider having a baby, the 31-year-old said.A glimpse of the scars caused by the pandemic to Chinas already bleak demographic outlook may come to light when it reports its official 2022 population data on Jan. 17.Some demographers expect Chinas population in 2022 to post its first drop since the Great Famine in 1961, a profound shift with far-reaching implications for the global economy and world order.New births for 2022 are set to fall to record lows, dropping below 10 million from last years 10.6 million babies - which were already 11.5% lower than in 2020.With this historical turn, China has entered a long and irreversible process of population decline, the first time in China and the worlds history.

  5. Blue Jays:

    That was incredible, that was just kind of a glimpse of what this offense is capable of.

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    a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect
    • A. abash
    • B. affront
    • C. summon
    • D. loom

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