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 Englishglancen (v.), nasalized variant (perhaps influenced by obsolete glent; see glint) of Middle Englishglacen to strike a glancing blow < Old Frenchglacier to slip, slide < Latinglaciāre to freeze. See glacé
2. glisten, scintillate. See flash. 3. reflect, ricochet. 9. glitter.
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).