• IPA: /ɡlɪmps/

glimpse (plural glimpses)

  1. A brief look, glance, or peek.
    I only got a glimpse of the car, so I can tell you the colour but not the registration number.
    • Here hid by shrub wood, there by glimpses seen.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. A sudden flash.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, 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 ↗:
      Light as the lightning glimpse they ran.
  3. A faint idea; an inkling.
  • French: aperçu
  • Italian: occhiata
  • Portuguese: olhadela
  • Russian: бе́глый взгляд
Translations Verb

glimpse (glimpses, present participle glimpsing; past and past participle glimpsed)

  1. (transitive) To see or view briefly or incompletely.
    I have only begun to glimpse the magnitude of the problem.
  2. (intransitive) To appear by glimpses.
Synonyms Translations
  • French: entrevoir
  • Italian: intravedere
  • Portuguese: vislumbrar
  • Russian: уви́деть ме́льком
  • Spanish: entrever, atisbar, vislumbrar, ojear

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