glance

1 [glans, glahns]
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:
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


2. glisten, scintillate. See flash. 3. reflect, ricochet. 9. glitter.
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glance

2 [glans, glahns]
noun
any of various minerals having a luster that indicates a metallic nature.

Origin:
1795–1805; < German Glanz brightness, luster

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glance1 (ɡlɑːns)
 
vb (usually foll by off)
1.  (intr) to look hastily or briefly
2.  (intr; foll by over, through, etc) to look over briefly: to glance through a report
3.  (intr) to reflect, glint, or gleam: the sun glanced on the water
4.  to depart (from an object struck) at an oblique angle: the arrow glanced off the tree
5.  (tr) to strike at an oblique angle: the arrow glanced the tree
 
n
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
 
[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]
 
usage  Glance is sometimes wrongly used where glimpse is meant: he caught a glimpse (not glance) of her making her way through the crowd
 
'glancing1
 
adv
 
'glancingly1
 
adv

glance2 (ɡlɑːns)
 
n
any mineral having a metallic lustre, esp a simple sulphide: copper glance
 
[C19: from German Glanz brightness, lustre]

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Word Origin & History

glance
1441, from glacen "to graze, strike a glancing blow" (c.1300), from O.Fr. glaichier "to slip, make slippery," from glace "ice" (see glacial). Sense of "look quickly" (first recorded 1583) infl. by M.E. glenten "look askance" (see glint).
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Idioms & Phrases

glance

see at first blush (glance).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Have them glance at the pictures of the pterosaur heads briefly.
That's why the world is wary of change its glance other way.
But if you stop to catch your breath and glance down, a whole new set of
  wonders reveals itself at your feet.
Though at first glance it may resemble other commuter vehicles, a few key
  features set it apart.
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