American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To direct the gaze briefly: glance at the menu; glanced in the rearview mirror.
- v. To move rapidly from one thing to another. Used of the eyes.
- v. To shine briefly; glint. See Synonyms at flash.
- v. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield. See Synonyms at brush1.
- v. To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict.
- v. To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick.
- v. To cause to strike a surface at an angle: glanced a stone off the wall.
- n. A brief or cursory look: gave the paper a glance before breakfast.
- n. A quick flash of light; a gleam.
- n. An oblique movement following impact; a deflection: The car struck the barrier and went off at a glance.
- idiom. at first glance On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable.
- n. Any of various minerals that have a brilliant luster: silver glance.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sudden shoot of light or splendor; a transient gleam.
- n. A sudden look; a rapid or momentary view or directing of the eye; a sudden and brief turning of the attention toward something.
- n. A brief incidental notice; a passing reference: as, a rapid glance at the remote cause of an event.
- n. A sudden change of direction of the motion of a projectile or other moving body, due to contact with a deflecting surface; deflected motion.
- n. In mining and mineralogy, the English equivalent of the German glanz, a term used by German miners to designate various ores possessing that peculiar luster and color which indicate that they are metalliferous combinations. Such are bleiglanz (galena, a sulphuret of lead), eisenglanz (hematite, specular iron ore, a sesquioxid of iron), and many others. A sharp line cannot be drawn between glanz and kies as used by German miners. The equivalent of the latter in English is pyrites: as, iron pyrites, copper pyrites, etc. This word is in common use among both scientific men and miners; but the word glance as the equivalent of glanz is less frequently heard, although by no means obsolete, since copper-glance, antimony-glance, and other similar names are met with occasionally.
- To shoot or dart a ray or rays of light or splendor; emit flashes or coruscations of light; flash.
- To appear and disappear rapidly, like a gleam of light; be visible for an instant.
- To look with a sudden rapid directing of the vision; snatch a momentary or hasty view.
- To make an incidental or passing reflection or allusion; hint; advert briefly.
- To be deflected and move off in an oblique direction; move obliquely.
- To cause to shoot or dart, as a ray of light; reflect, as a gleam.
- To direct rapidly and for a moment, as the eye or the attention.
- To suggest; hint.
- n. In railroading, an incline or shoot made of timber, erected on a mountainside and designed to cause snow which slides down the mountain to glance or turn aside from the track.
- n. In cricket, a stroke by which, instead of being hit, the ball is allowed to strike the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side; a glide.
- In metal-working, to polish very highly; burnish; planish.
- In cricket, to allow (the ball) to meet the bat and to be deflected from it, usually to the leg side.
- v. intransitive To look briefly (at something).
- v. intransitive To graze a surface.
- v. To sparkle
- v. soccer To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
- n. A brief or cursory look.
- n. A deflection.
- n. cricket A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side
- n. mineralogy glance coal
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A sudden flash of light or splendor.
- n. A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a swift survey; a glimpse.
- n. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
- n. (Min.) A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called
- v. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash.
- v. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath
- v. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.
- v. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with
- v. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
- v. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment.
- v. obsolete To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly.
- n. a quick look
- v. hit at an angle
- v. throw a glance at; take a brief look at
- Middle English glauncen, alteration (influenced by glenten, to shine) of glacen, from Old French glacer, to slide; see glacis.German Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“If you walk into a comic shop then all you will probably see at a glance is the men-in-tights-power-fantasies.”
“Afrobabe at a glance is a casual smart person, the type you meet on braids and jeans and teeshirt or on corporate attire.”
“The full text of OECD at a glance is available here (no charge) available as a web book.”
“I have a good feeling that Dr. Carter will quickly bring calm to an overheated situation; restore an atmosphere of cooperation and common endeavor on the part of the District's administration, teachers and staff; and, by steadying the administration of the District, allow the Board of Ed the opportunity to focus its attention on the upcoming search for a new superintendent with the confidence that things will not fall apart if their glance is averted.”
“For now, he could focus on only one thought: he would never again glance at his watch without being reminded of the man who gave it to him.”
“It was something sudden, and it makes one shiver to think of a strong man with all the strength withered out of him by one glance from the soft eyes of a weak, blond, female creature like Flush of Gold.”
“Under the old eyes of a principal whose narrow glance is ample to subdue but not appall, the children spill around the skinned and limbless maple as if outside the temple of a declining god of simple rituals easily met.”
“Something I noticed about both designs that might not be immediately apparent on first glance is that the mechanisms appear to be designed to allow the chest to be closed and locked without access to the key.”
“One glance is all it takes, and I'm standing once more in the Luxembourg Gardens, somewhere in May.”
“A good writer can take a concept that, at first glance, is as old as the hills, and -- with a little ingenuity and a lot of imagination -- put an entirely new spin on it that makes it seem fresh.”
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