Definitions for: Glance

[n] a quick look
[v] rebound after hitting; "The car caromed off several lampposts"
[v] throw a glance at; take a brief look at; "She only glanced at the paper"; "glint" is archaic; "I only peeked--I didn't see anything interesting"

Webster (1913) Definition: Glance, n. [Akin to D. glans luster, brightness, G.
glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands brightness, glimpse. Cf. Gleen,
Glint, Glitter, and Glance a mineral.]
1. A sudden flash of light or splendor.

Swift as the lightning glance. --Milton.

2. A quick cast of the eyes; a quick or a casual look; a
swift survey; a glimpse.

Dart not scornful glances from those eyes. --Shak.

3. An incidental or passing thought or allusion.

How fleet is a glance of the mind. --Cowper.

4. (Min.) A name given to some sulphides, mostly
dark-colored, which have a brilliant metallic luster, as
the sulphide of copper, called copper glance.

Glance coal, anthracite; a mineral composed chiefly of

Glance cobalt, cobaltite, or gray cobalt.

Glance copper, chalcocite.

Glance wood, a hard wood grown in Cuba, and used for
gauging instruments, carpenters' rules, etc. --McElrath.

Glance, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Glanced; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To shoot or emit a flash of light; to shine; to flash.

From art, from nature, from the schools, Let random
influences glance, Like light in many a shivered
lance, That breaks about the dappled pools.

2. To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart
aside. ''Your arrow hath glanced''. --Shak.

On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground.

3. To look with a sudden, rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a
momentary or hasty view.

The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, Doth
glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.

4. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to
hint; -- often with at.

Wherein obscurely C[ae]sar"s ambition shall be
glanced at. --Shak.

He glanced at a certain reverend doctor. --Swift.

5. To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be
visible only for an instant at a time; to move
interruptedly; to twinkle.

And all along the forum and up the sacred seat, His
vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing
feet. --Macaulay.

Glance, v. t.
1. To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a
moment; as, to glance the eye.

2. To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly. [Obs.]

In company I often glanced it. --Shak.

Synonyms: carom, coup d'oeil, glimpse, glint, peek

See Also: bounce, bound, eye-beaming, look, look, looking, looking at, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, side-glance, side-look, spring, take a hop

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