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glimpse

[glimps] /glɪmps/
noun
1.
a very brief, passing look, sight, or view.
2.
a momentary or slight appearance.
3.
a vague idea; inkling.
4.
Archaic. a gleam, as of light.
verb (used with object), glimpsed, glimpsing.
5.
to catch or take a glimpse of.
verb (used without object), glimpsed, glimpsing.
6.
to look briefly; glance (usually followed by at).
7.
Archaic. to come into view; appear faintly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English glimsen (v.); cognate with Middle High German glimsen to glow; akin to glimmer
Related forms
glimpser, noun
unglimpsed, adjective
Can be confused
glance, glimpse.
Synonyms
5. spot, spy, view, sight, espy.
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Examples for glimpses
  • Despite her utter daftness, bubble shows rare glimpses of genius and special abilities.
  • Numerous episodes throughout the series show quick glimpses of several world cities.
  • Beyond the principal stories we are given constant glimpses into other scenes.
British Dictionary definitions for glimpses

glimpse

/ɡlɪmps/
noun
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
verb
4.
(transitive) to catch sight of briefly or momentarily
5.
(mainly US) (intransitive) usually foll by at. to look (at) briefly or cursorily; glance (at)
6.
(intransitive) (archaic) to shine faintly; glimmer
Derived Forms
glimpser, noun
Usage note
Glimpse is sometimes wrongly used where glance is meant: he gave a quick glance (not glimpse) at his watch
Word Origin
C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German glimsen to glimmer
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Word Origin and History for glimpses
glimpse
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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