glance
Pronunciation
  • (RP) IPA: /ɡlɑːns/
  • (America) IPA: /ɡlæns/
Verb

glance (glances, present participle glancing; past and past participle glanced)

  1. (intransitive) To look briefly (at something).
    She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.
    • c. 1595–1596, William Shakespeare, “A Midsommer Nights Dreame”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene i]:
      The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, / Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.
  2. (intransitive) To graze a surface.
  3. To sparkle.
    The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond.
    • 1849, [Alfred, Lord Tennyson], In Memoriam, London: Edward Moxon, […], published 1850, OCLC 3968433 ↗, (please specify ):
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      From art, from nature, from the schools, / Let random influences glance, / Like light in many a shivered lance, / That breaks about the dappled pools.
  4. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
    • 1842, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Lays of Ancient Rome/Virginia:
      And all along the forum and up the sacred seat, / His vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing feet.
  5. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside.
    • c. 1597, William Shakespeare, “The Merry VViues of VVindsor”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene v]:
      Your arrow hath glanced.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      On me the curse aslope / Glanced on the ground.
    • 1833, Mary Shelley, The Mortal Immortal
      I started — I dropped the glass — the fluid flamed and glanced along the floor, while I felt Cornelius's gripe at my throat, as he shrieked aloud, "Wretch! you have destroyed the labour of my life!"
  6. (soccer) To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
  7. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; often with at.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Ivlivs Cæsar”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Wherein obscurely / Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at.
    • c. 1703-1720, Jonathan Swift, An Essay on the Fates of Clergymen
      He glanced at a certain reverend doctor.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: jeter un coup d’œil
  • German: blicken
  • Italian: dare un'occhiata, sbirciare, occhieggiare
  • Portuguese: dar uma olhada/olhadela, olhar de relance
  • Russian: взгляну́ть
  • Spanish: ojear, echar un vistazo, mirar, pispear
Translations Noun

glance

  1. A brief or cursory look.
    • c. 1590–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Taming of the Shrew”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene ii]:
      Dart not scornful glances from those eyes.
  2. A deflection.
  3. (cricket) A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side.
  4. A sudden flash of light or splendour.
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, [https://archive.org/stream/paradiseregaindp00milt_0#page/{}/mode/1up page 76]:
      Swift as the lightning glance
  5. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
    • How fleet is a glance of the mind.
  6. (mineralogy) Any of various sulphides, mostly dark-coloured, which have a brilliant metallic lustre.
    copper glance
    silver glance
  7. (mineral) Glance coal.
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