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glance1

[glans, glahns] /glæns, glɑns/
verb (used without object), glanced, glancing.
1.
to look quickly or briefly.
2.
to gleam or flash:
a silver brooch glancing in the sunlight.
3.
to strike a surface or object obliquely, especially so as to bounce off at an angle (often followed by off):
The arrow glanced off his shield.
4.
to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usually followed by at).
verb (used with object), glanced, glancing. Archaic.
5.
to cast a glance or brief look at; catch a glimpse of.
6.
to cast or reflect, as a gleam.
7.
to throw, hit, kick, shoot, etc. (something) so that it glances off a surface or object.
noun
8.
a quick or brief look.
9.
a gleam or flash of light, especially reflected light.
10.
a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound.
11.
a passing reference or allusion; insinuation.
12.
Cricket. a stroke in which the batsman deflects the ball with the bat, as to leg.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English glancen (v.), nasalized variant (perhaps influenced by obsolete glent; see glint) of Middle English glacen to strike a glancing blow < Old French glacier to slip, slide < Latin glaciāre to freeze. See glacé
Can be confused
glance, glimpse.
Synonyms
2. glisten, scintillate. See flash. 3. reflect, ricochet. 9. glitter.
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Examples from the web for glanced
  • But they hardly glanced at the little island as they shuttled to and fro.
  • She glanced slightly to her left, a nervous expression on her face.
  • Wasabi put a stopwatch up on one of the secondary screens, as usual, and everybody glanced at it periodically.
  • She glanced round the glowing room as if some one might be watching her.
  • They were not glanced at, signed, and then forgotten.
  • She quickly glanced at my hands and told me that the stuff in the tube would not help but that she had something that would.
  • They also glanced at the pneumatic buttons only as often as they glanced at the physical buttons.
  • So white the sun glanced off in dazzling display to set forms whirling behind your eyelids.
  • He glanced at the shorts and told me to put them on as he lifted the lids off the tubs.
  • Others merely glanced up and then returned to their work.
British Dictionary definitions for glanced

glance1

/ɡlɑːns/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to look hastily or briefly
2.
(intransitive; foll by over, through, etc) to look over briefly: to glance through a report
3.
(intransitive) to reflect, glint, or gleam: the sun glanced on the water
4.
(intransitive) usually foll by off. to depart (from an object struck) at an oblique angle: the arrow glanced off the tree
5.
(transitive) to strike at an oblique angle: the arrow glanced the tree
noun
6.
a hasty or brief look; peep
7.
at a glance, from one's first look; immediately
8.
a flash or glint of light; gleam
9.
the act or an instance of an object glancing or glancing off another
10.
a brief allusion or reference
11.
(cricket) a stroke in which the ball is deflected off the bat to the leg side; glide
Derived Forms
glancing, adverb
glancingly, adverb
Usage note
Glance is sometimes wrongly used where glimpse is meant: he caught a glimpse (not glance) of her making her way through the crowd
Word Origin
C15: modification of glacen to strike obliquely, from Old French glacier to slide (see glacis); compare Middle English glenten to make a rapid sideways movement, glint

glance2

/ɡlɑːns/
noun
1.
any mineral having a metallic lustre, esp a simple sulphide: copper glance
Word Origin
C19: from German Glanz brightness, lustre
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Word Origin and History for glanced

glance

v.

mid-15c., of weapons, from glacen "to graze, strike a glancing blow" (c.1300), from Old French glacier "to slip, make slippery," from glace "ice" (see glacial). Sense of "look quickly" (first recorded 1580s) probably was influenced in form and meaning by Middle English glenten "look askance" (see glint). Related: Glanced; glancing.

n.

c.1500, "sudden movement producing a flash," from glance (v.). Meaning "brief or hurried look" is from 1590s.

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