from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To direct the gaze briefly: glance at the menu; glanced in the rearview mirror.
  • intransitive v. To move rapidly from one thing to another. Used of the eyes.
  • intransitive v. To shine briefly; glint. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield. See Synonyms at brush1.
  • intransitive v. To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict.
  • transitive v. To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To look briefly (at something).
  • v. To graze a surface.
  • v. To sparkle
  • v. To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
  • n. A brief or cursory look.
  • n. A deflection.
  • n. A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side
  • n. glance coal

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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. A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.
  • intransitive v. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash.
  • intransitive v. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath glanced”.
  • intransitive v. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.
  • intransitive v. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
  • transitive v. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment.
  • transitive v. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a quick look
  • v. hit at an angle
  • v. throw a glance at; take a brief look at


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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.


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