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
They could see that it was some sort of butcher's shop, but what they glimpsed
  in the interior was even more unsettling.
Researchers may have glimpsed a means by which the tuberculosis bacterium could
  adapt itself to different human populations.
He seemed mesmerized by the oncoming pavement, or by some idea or formulation
  glimpsed in the immateriality beyond the pavement.
Only one problem: no one's ever glimpsed one in any experiment ever.
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