Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To direct the eyes at or toward something briefly.
  • intransitive verb To read quickly or in cursory fashion.
  • intransitive verb To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected.
  • intransitive verb To shine over or through something at an angle.
  • intransitive verb To be reflected, especially in flashes.
  • intransitive verb To make a passing reference; touch briefly.
  • intransitive verb To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: synonym: brush.
  • intransitive verb To cause to strike a surface at an angle.
  • noun A brief or cursory look.
  • noun A quick flash of light; a gleam.
  • noun An oblique movement following impact; a deflection.
  • idiom (at first glance) On initial consideration.
  • noun Any of various minerals that have a brilliant luster.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A sudden shoot of light or splendor; a transient gleam.
  • noun A sudden look; a rapid or momentary view or directing of the eye; a sudden and brief turning of the attention toward something.
  • noun A brief incidental notice; a passing reference: as, a rapid glance at the remote cause of an event.
  • noun A sudden change of direction of the motion of a projectile or other moving body, due to contact with a deflecting surface; deflected motion.
  • noun 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A sudden flash of light or splendor.
  • noun A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a swift survey; a glimpse.
  • noun An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
  • noun (Min.) A name given to some sulphides, mostly dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.
  • noun anthracite; a mineral composed chiefly of carbon.
  • noun cobaltite, or gray cobalt.
  • noun chalcocite.
  • noun a hard wood grown in Cuba, and used for gauging instruments, carpenters' rules, etc.
  • intransitive verb To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash.
  • intransitive verb To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. ”Your arrow hath glanced”.
  • intransitive verb To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.
  • intransitive verb To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at.
  • intransitive verb To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
  • transitive verb To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment.
  • transitive verb obsolete To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb intransitive To look briefly (at something).
  • verb intransitive To graze a surface.
  • verb To sparkle

Etymologies

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.]

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

[German Glanz, from Middle High German glanz, from Old High German, bright; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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