a very brief, passing look, sight, or view.
a momentary or slight appearance.
a vague idea; inkling.
Archaic. a gleam, as of light.
verb (used with object), glimpsed, glimpsing.
to catch or take a glimpse of.
verb (used without object), glimpsed, glimpsing.
to look briefly; glance (usually followed by at ).
Archaic. to come into view; appear faintly.

1350–1400; Middle English glimsen (v.); cognate with Middle High German glimsen to glow; akin to glimmer

glimpser, noun
unglimpsed, adjective

glance, glimpse.

5. spot, spy, view, sight, espy. Unabridged
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glimpse (ɡlɪmps)
1.  a brief or incomplete view: to catch a glimpse of the sea
2.  a vague indication: he had a glimpse of what the lecturer meant
3.  archaic a glimmer of light
vb (usually foll by at)
4.  (tr) to catch sight of briefly or momentarily
5.  chiefly (US) to look (at) briefly or cursorily; glance (at)
6.  archaic (intr) to shine faintly; glimmer
[C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German glimsen to glimmer]
usage  Glimpse is sometimes wrongly used where glance is meant: he gave a quick glance (not glimpse) at his watch

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Word Origin & History

c.1400, "to shine faintly," probably from O.E. *glimsian "shine faintly," from P.Gmc. *glim- (see gleam). If so, the intrusive -p- would be there to ease pronunciation. Sense of "catch a quick view" first recorded 1779.
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Example sentences
Walking from the train to his office, down the stifling streets, Avery caught a
  glimpse of her reflection in a store window.
It presents an often-confounding glimpse at the inner soul of foreign cultures.
Call me an amateur, but I'm still not over the wonder of catching a glimpse of
  the world as it was perhaps 600 million years ago.
The unremarkable suburban ranch Wendel calls home offers no glimpse of his
  executive-level salary.
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