Definitions

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  • adv. In a glancing manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a glancing manner; transiently; incidentally; indirectly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a glancing manner; by glancing; in an oblique manner; incidentally.

Etymologies

glancing +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If it just tells a story glancingly in the manner of (unintelligible), wonderful writer of deeply moving short stories but with a light touch.

    Three-Minute Fiction: Countdown To Deadline

  • Those even glancingly familiar with the seething ethnic nationalisms of that area of the world will understand the rush to ensure that the main players in those bloody rivalries are appropriately represented in parliament, in a fundamentally unstable balance, to be sure, but a balance that suited short-term needs.

    "A circus of nationalists"

  • And the Articles only mention the word "president" once, and only glancingly at best.

    Chris Weigant: Our Forgotten "Presidents"

  • Imagine a version of "Murder on the Orient Express" that is only glancingly interested in murder and detection but minutely curious about what the passengers ate, how they dressed, and how they flirted or squabbled with one another.

    A Window Onto Comic Tedium

  • In the course of an afternoon, you feel that you have encountered, albeit glancingly, the whole of human cultural history.ashmolean. org

    Andrew Harper's Notebook

  • Obama touched glancingly on immigration, saying it is time to allow students in the country illegally to remain.

    State of the Union 2011: 'Win the future,' Obama says

  • He did glancingly refer to people who were "having trouble making your mortgage right now" once; but in the entire rest of the town hall meeting, he had absolutely nothing else to say on the foreclosure crisis.

    Chris Weigant: Friday Talking Points [143] -- Don't Ask, Don't Tell, Don't Appeal?

  • Mr. Wolfe also used the occasion to return, glancingly, to his public fight to preserve the integrity of Edward Durrell Stone's 1964 building at 2 Columbus Circle, now the home of the Museum of Arts and Design.

    Staying Warm in the Machine

  • This is much more than a parody of Radio 4, not really at all a parody of experimental music, surprisingly, glancingly successful as a parody of Stalinism, brilliant, and very funny, in an anti-laugh-out-loud way – it will light the taper of a laugh that will then explode an hour or two later.

    Radio review: Beautiful Dreamers

  • Hooper has spoken of "heavy content" simmering beneath the elated rush of guitar and keyboards, but any heaviness is only glancingly alluded to "The colours you had, no need to be sad, it really ain't that bad," Zucconi twitters despondently on Colours.

    Grouplove: Never Trust a Happy Song – review

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