Main definitions of glance in English

: glance1glance2

glance1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Take a brief or hurried look.

    ‘Ginny glanced at her watch’
    • ‘The boy glanced back over his shoulder and beckoned her onwards, then disappeared into the darkness.’
    • ‘The man glanced at the clock on the far wall.’
    • ‘Chloe then glanced down at her watch and noticed the time.’
    • ‘He glanced sidelong at his passenger, wondering what she was running away from.’
    • ‘I saw him frown and I watched, as it grew deeper when he glanced at me for a moment before glancing back down at the photo.’
    • ‘I glanced to my left and saw the tears in my mother's eyes.’
    • ‘He glanced at his wristwatch, and decided it was time to move.’
    • ‘My mother smiled wisely, glancing upward briefly before turning her gaze to me.’
    • ‘She reached the other side and stopped on the curb, then glanced back over her shoulder.’
    • ‘He gave a sigh of relief as she glanced at him and gave him a small smile, then glanced back down at the floor and blushed.’
    • ‘The old man glanced in her general direction before getting back to what he had been doing earlier.’
    • ‘While he was standing behind a beam he glanced upward at the windows overhead.’
    • ‘I glanced at a kid that looked about my age who was glancing around nervously until he saw me looking at him and gave me a hard look.’
    • ‘She stood up cautiously, briefly glancing around to make sure that everything was as it should have been.’
    • ‘They went back to their places mumbling and grumbling, but always taking quick glances our way.’
    • ‘Her violet colored eyes blinked rapidly and she nervously glanced down at the clipboard.’
    • ‘"So what are you getting, " Kace inquired as she quickly glanced up in his direction.’
    • ‘He was looking around anxiously, glancing up the stairs and towards the kitchen.’
    • ‘Scott, driving, continued to glance in the rearview mirror to watch them.’
    • ‘The stranger looked very unsettled by this, and just glanced around helplessly for a moment.’
    take a quick look, look quickly, look briefly, peek, peep
    View synonyms
    1. 1.1Read quickly or cursorily.
      ‘I glanced through your personnel file last night’
      • ‘Having this in your wallet will allow you to quickly glance at it before parting with your money.’
      • ‘He sighed softly and set the drink down on the table next to him to quickly glance through the mail.’
      • ‘I haven't read it, but glancing through it, there are some pretty objectionable statements.’
      • ‘Thus, by just taking a cursory glance through the list one notices that alloy steel has larger industrial applications in each of the segments as raw materials.’
      • ‘I watched Ellie glance through her menu, and then notice me looking at her and smiled.’
      • ‘Even the most cursory glance through the voluminous correspondence they generated reveals that the duty was performed conscientiously.’
      • ‘I've glanced through the resolutions being debated quickly and, among the highlights.’
      • ‘A cursory glance through her books reveals that she is no scientist.’
      • ‘I glanced through it quickly and stored it in my backpack.’
      • ‘I haven't read the book or even taken a cursory glance through its pages, so I'm not in any position to pass judgement on it specifically.’
      • ‘A cursory glance through the sleeve notes gives the first clue.’
      • ‘Just a cursory glance at the brochure gives an idea of the immense undertaking this is.’
      • ‘I enjoy this because, as any cursory glance through my journals will attest, I use squashy, amorphous ampersands with abandon when I'm writing for no one but myself.’
      • ‘A cursory glance through the Yellow Pages reveals that these creatures have multiplied in excess of the ability of the ecosystem to support them.’
      • ‘A cursory glance through the annals of history will prove this beyond doubt.’
      • ‘But even the most cursory of glances at The Canterbury Tales will convince you that this is hardly new.’
      • ‘An hour later he glances through the newspapers, checks his email while sparing a few minutes for phone calls.’
  • 2Hit something at an angle and bounce off obliquely.

    ‘the stone glanced off a crag and hit Tom on the head’
    • ‘The bullet glanced off the bear's skull, enraging rather than disabling the target.’
    • ‘The wooden shaft was flitted with small bits of steel and iron, so it could glance off blades and other things without being split or cut.’
    • ‘She laughs uncontrollably, trying to hit me and fight back, but her blows glance off.’
    • ‘But the ball glanced off the top of the wall and quickly was retrieved.’
    • ‘An arrow glanced off her helmet, but the angle was too slanted to do anything more than a slight irritation.’
    • ‘The bullets came down at such an angle that they hit the side of the bathtub and glanced off, and then tore through the other side.’
    • ‘With a last ditch effort, he managed to shove the ball up so that it glanced off his hands and away from him.’
    • ‘Instead, they glance off walls at 200 mph, looking showroom fresh.’
    • ‘The sword glanced off its arm, making the beast gasp, staggering it to one knee.’
    • ‘As a matter of fact, the ball glanced off my father's arm before being swallowed up by the crowd.’
    • ‘This one too fell just short of the target and glanced off a large rock.’
    • ‘Smaller, lighter swords used at close distance would glance off suits of armor.’
    • ‘One shot hit the post and another glanced off the bar as the goalie stopped it.’
    • ‘Before I could take two steps a fist glanced off the side of my head leaving me stunned.’
    • ‘First, the axes glance off the tree, the wood is so hard to cut.’
    ricochet, rebound, be deflected
    View synonyms
    1. 2.1(of light) reflect off something with a brief flash.
      ‘sunlight glanced off the curved body of a dolphin’
      • ‘It stands towering over the landscape, the sun's rays glancing off the polished superstructure to dance upon the gently rippling waters of the canal below.’
      • ‘It glances off Quinn's blade and reflects onto the wall in front of Danny.’
      • ‘Shards of sunlight glanced off the remains of windows, reminding me of my mother.’
      • ‘The light spilling from the windows glanced off his hair, making it look like white gold.’
      • ‘The moon glanced off of the young woman's long, white-blonde hair, making it glow with ghostly light.’
      • ‘For instance, a light hit might glance off an opponent's armor, while a stronger or critical hit will stagger your enemy.’
      • ‘Sunlight glances off the water and shatters against the glass.’
      • ‘The Chinooks are closest and I can see the moonlight glancing off their huge, drooping 30 ft rotor blades.’
      • ‘He turned to his right and squinted, just barely catch the sunlight glancing off her night-black hair.’
      • ‘I walk out into the open, where Josh can see me clearly, with the moonlight glancing off my sleek fur coat.’
      • ‘A ray of sunlight glanced off the walls of the castle on the shores of Edinample, lighting up its whiteness against the surrounding trees.’
      • ‘The gentle rays glanced over his blond locks, turning them into glistening sliver and gold.’
      • ‘It bathed his black-clad figure with eerie, blood-colored light that glanced off the silver circlet binding his black hair.’
      • ‘The sun sent rays glancing off their smooth surfaces, which cascaded colors throughout the beautiful city.’
    2. 2.2[with object and adverbial of direction](in ball games) deflect (the ball) slightly with a delicate contact.
      ‘he glanced the ball into the corner of the net’
      • ‘With a fine header of the ball, he demonstrated his ability by rising highest to glance the ball past Brown.’
      • ‘That free kick was precisely judged and the blond mane of the skipper flashed at the ball to glance it securely home.’
      • ‘In fact, the defence was missing en mass when he got on the end of a well-timed cross to glance the ball home with his head at the near post.’
      • ‘His cross was nicely placed for the young striker to glance the ball past the goalie, raise the spirits of the home support and signal the charge for the final period of the game.’
      • ‘He met the free kick with his head and glanced the ball into the net.’
    3. 2.3Cricket
      [with object]Deflect (the ball) with the bat held slantwise; play such a stroke against (the bowler)
      ‘Simpson glanced Statham's fourth ball’
      • ‘Eventually he did get to three figures, glancing King to the fine-leg fence.’
      • ‘Shuffled across his stumps to glance, but the ball brushed leg stump to give him his fifth wicket.’

noun

  • 1A brief or hurried look.

    ‘I stole a glance at John’
    • ‘She smiles, even before turning to him, and then casts a sidelong glance in his direction.’
    • ‘John stole a quick glance over his shoulder.’
    • ‘There were no shrieks of protest; just a sidelong, questioning glance.’
    • ‘A tentative glance around the room assured her she wouldn't be noticed.’
    • ‘I waited for a few girls to come down the stairs, smiled distractedly at their approving glances, and then hurried upstairs.’
    • ‘Just before I rounded the corner I spared the house one last glance in my rear view mirror.’
    • ‘She took a glance back at the girls, who all paid close attention.’
    • ‘Avery cast a long, sideways glance in his direction and glared at him.’
    • ‘Two cops walk in; one takes a cursory glance at the menu and orders a French dip.’
    • ‘This is but a brief glance back into how our ancestors managed to live without electricity or many of the mod cons we have today.’
    • ‘Her eyes were vacant, and the three newcomers exchanged questioning glances.’
    • ‘People are distracted, throwing furtive glances over their shoulders.’
    • ‘Feeling slightly awkward, she threw a puzzled glance over her shoulder.’
    • ‘Without a word or a glance around the room he sat down by himself.’
    • ‘I kept shooting nervous glances at the clock.’
    • ‘A glance at his watch told him that it was way past dinner time.’
    • ‘The briefest of glances in her direction found her to be still looking at me, still silent.’
    • ‘Rachel gave herself a last glance in the mirror before she left for the party.’
    • ‘A closer glance told me it was Angelo.’
    • ‘Feeling very frustrated I snuck a glance at my clock, 1: 26.’
    peek, peep, brief look, quick look
    View synonyms
  • 2archaic A flash or gleam of light.

    ‘fish … sporting with quick glance, Show to the Sun their wav'd coats’
    flash, gleam, glitter, glint, glimmer, shimmer, flicker, sparkle, twinkle
    View synonyms
  • 3Cricket
    A stroke with the bat's face turned slantwise to deflect the ball slightly.

    • ‘The short boundaries looked even smaller with his glances, off-drives and swings through midwicket.’
    • ‘He was a strong left-handed batsman who scored all around the wicket, but had a preference to square cuts, hooks and deft leg glances.’

Phrases

  • at a glance

    • Immediately upon looking.

      ‘she saw at a glance what had happened’
      • ‘Even experts can't tell if they are real or fake at a glance.’
      • ‘Use bold type for emphasis, use spaces between lines and points so that it's easy to see the essence of your message at a glance.’
      • ‘Yet I want all the stories to be right there, at a glance, preferably with the author's name and a title for the story.’
      • ‘When late blight is first identified in an area, the information is entered on a map so that the location and date of the outbreak is obvious at a glance.’
      • ‘Divide the number of calls by the number of operators, and you could see at a glance how ‘efficiently’ your centre was operating.’
      • ‘It'll be a way of showing - at a glance - what I have learned, experienced and discovered over this past year.’
      • ‘Overground buses serving each of the major routes in and around Leeds are colour coded so passengers can tell at a glance exactly where a bus is travelling.’
      • ‘Hang them on a pegboard so that you can see at a glance what you have.’
      • ‘To conclude, one of the so-called benefits of adopting the euro has always been that prices can be compared across frontiers at a glance.’
      • ‘The applications tell you at a glance which of your colleagues are available at any one time and exchanging information becomes an effortless breeze.’
  • at first glance

    • When seen or considered briefly and for the first time.

      ‘good news, at first glance, for frequent travellers’
      • ‘Her clever collage and striking photographs are, at first glance, simple and beautiful.’
      • ‘Some hotels, for example, can, at first glance, still seem locked in the 1950s.’
      • ‘This difference, which seems subtle at first glance, is actually quite dramatic.’
      • ‘As would be expected, however, there is much more going on within the picture than is apparent at first glance.’
      • ‘But it is not the huge caricature the townies would take it for at first glance.’
      • ‘What may seem odd and unstructured at first glance, he insists, will soon seem fun and spontaneous.’
      • ‘Maybe he was older than he looked at first glance in the dark, and possibly drunk?’
      • ‘A grotesque formation vase catches the attention of guests at first glance.’
      • ‘This seems to offer little guidance at first glance, however some common ground is starting to emerge.’
      • ‘It looked very tough at first glance but when I worked out what they were looking for, I settled down.’
      on the face of it, on the surface, at first sight, to the casual eye, to all appearances, to go by appearances, to judge by appearances
      apparently, seemingly, outwardly, superficially, as far as one can see, as far as one can tell, by all accounts, so it seems, to all intents and purposes
      View synonyms
  • glance one's eye

    • archaic Look briefly.

      ‘he had glanced his eye over all the folios of my copy’
      • ‘At first glance my eye goes up to that ball of flame on the right.’
      • ‘Initially, I had glanced my eye over the weight-loss plan and dismissed it as a passing fad - and, more importantly, a grossly unhealthy one.’
      • ‘But the momentary apprehension was dispelled by hope and valour; and every man, says the marshal of Champagne, glanced his eye on the sword or lance which he must speedily use in the glorious conflict.’
      • ‘‘Indeed, your example is an unfortunate one for your argument,’ said Holmes, taking the paper and glancing his eye down it.’
      • ‘When I landed on the hard ground I murmured at the mean treatment of the sheep, and, glancing my eye upward, saw him looking at me from the roof of the house.’
      • ‘As he glanced his eye rapidly over the fatal list, he was much moved at finding there the names of more than one who had some claim to consideration in the army.’

Origin

Late Middle English (in the sense ‘rebound obliquely’): probably a nasalized form of obsolete glace in the same sense, from Old French glacier to slip, from glace ice, based on Latin glacies.

Pronunciation:

glance

/ɡlɑːns/

Main definitions of glance in English

: glance1glance2

glance2

noun

  • [mass noun] A shiny black or grey sulphide ore of lead, copper, or other metal.

    ‘lead glance’
    • ‘It is usually assumed that when lead glance is opened up with nitric and tartaric acids and water, the silver remains in solution as nitrate.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from German Glanz brightness, lustre; compare with Dutch glanserts glance ore.

Pronunciation:

glance

/ɡlɑːns/