Definition of glancing in English:



  • Striking someone or something at an angle rather than directly and with full force.

    ‘he was struck a glancing blow’
    • ‘A stone smashed through an offside window of the vehicle, causing a glancing blow to a passenger.’
    • ‘Now he's hitting the ball squarely, instead of with a glancing blow.’
    • ‘He was struck once in the left shoulder, merely a glancing blow.’
    • ‘I saw him take a step back, angling his body so the next left would be a glancing blow, and not effect him as much, and it would bring my body close to his as I over extended my arm.’
    • ‘The student tried to avoid the drunken man but suffered a glancing blow: ‘I was uninjured but a little shaken by the experience.’’
    • ‘Luckily, we only caught the tree a glancing blow.’
    • ‘So, a glancing blow like that can actually really be worse.’
    • ‘Even an glancing blow could cause new devastation to the already-stricken city.’
    • ‘Most missed but the few that hit were just glancing blows.’
    • ‘An ordinary concave mirror wouldn't work, because X-rays would just go through - they reflect only at glancing angles.’
    • ‘It dawdles across the sky and sets slowly at a glancing angle.’
    • ‘The result of my three shots was, one miss, one glancing blow but the third one was a heart shot!’
    • ‘At that moment the psychiatric patient suddenly lunged at the registrar and struck her two glancing blows.’
    • ‘If the medical evidence is correct he is unlikely to have fallen down as a result of the stroke itself and I accept a glancing blow to the head would not necessarily knock him over.’
    • ‘She fires four more shots: two direct hits, two glancing blows.’
    • ‘It swerved, but gave the first coach a glancing blow and ended up in the field.’
    • ‘I hate to think what even a glancing blow from a hurricane could do.’
    • ‘Through beautiful courtyards graced by classical statues and charming fountains that caught the glancing light from the full sun.’
    • ‘Mr Haven, of Indianapolis, said the Titanic struck a glancing blow to the iceberg as it attempted to turn away.’
    • ‘Take a flashlight and shine it at a glancing angle across the wall and the mold almost lights up.’
    hasty, hurried, cursory, perfunctory, superficial, desultory, incidental, summary
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