glance

\ \ [15] ‘Touch or deflect lightly’, as in ‘glance off something’ and a ‘glancing blow’, is the primary meaning of glance; ‘look briefly’ did not develop until the 16th century. The word may have originated as an alteration of the Middle English verb glacenglide, slide’ (probably under the influence of Middle English glenten, the ancestor of modern English glint). Glacen was borrowed from Old French glacierslide’, a derivative of glaceice’ (from which English also gets glacier).
\ \ Cf.GLACIER

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  • Glance — Glance, n. [Akin to D. glans luster, brightness, G. glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands brightness, glimpse. Cf. {Gleen}, {Glint}, {Glitter}, and {Glance} a mineral.] [1913 Webster] 1. A sudden flash of light or splendor. [1913 Webster] Swift as the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glance — can mean:* Glance, a sulfide ore of lead more commonly known as galena * Glance, a behavioral event related to vision * Glance, webconferencing software created by Glance Networks * Glance (album), the debut album of english singer Rose Kemp …   Wikipedia

  • glance — glance, glimpse A glance (which can be followed by at, into, over, or through) is a brief look • (He cast a doting glance at his wife M. Underwood, 1973 • There were glances of frustration as balls went astray and half chances failed to be… …   Modern English usage

  • glance — [n1] brief look eye*, eyeball*, flash*, fleeting look, gander, glimpse, lamp*, look, look see*, peek, peep, quick look, sight, slant*, squint, swivel*, view; concept 623 Ant. stare glance [n2] reflection of light coruscation, flash, gleam,… …   New thesaurus

  • Glance — Glance, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Glanced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glancing}.] 1. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash. [1913 Webster] From art, from nature, from the schools, Let random influences glance, Like light in many a shivered… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glance — Glance, v. t. 1. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye. [1913 Webster] 2. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] In company I often glanced it. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glance — glance1 [glans, gläns] vi. glanced, glancing [ME glansen, glenchen, prob. a blend < OFr glacier, to slip (see GLACIS) + guenchir, to elude < Frank * wenkjan, to totter; akin to OE wancol, unstable] 1. to strike a surface obliquely and go… …   English World dictionary

  • glance — vb 1 *brush, graze, shave, skim Analogous words: *slide, slip, glide: touch, contact (see corresponding nouns at CONTACT): dart, *fly 2 glint, *flash, gleam, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintil …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glance at — ● glance …   Useful english dictionary

  • glance — index vision (dream) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • glance at — index notice (observe) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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