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1 [glans, glahns]
verb (used without object), glanced, glancing.
to look quickly or briefly.
to gleam or flash: a silver brooch glancing in the sunlight.
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.
to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usually followed by at ).
verb (used with object), glanced, glancing. Archaic.
to cast a glance or brief look at; catch a glimpse of.
to cast or reflect, as a gleam.
to throw, hit, kick, shoot, etc. (something) so that it glances off a surface or object.
a quick or brief look.
a gleam or flash of light, especially reflected light.
a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound.
a passing reference or allusion; insinuation.
Cricket. a stroke in which the batsman deflects the ball with the bat, as to leg.

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. Unabridged
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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
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

glance2 (ɡlɑːns)
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

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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