glance

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 converted —Independent, 1999)

whereas a glimpse (which is usually followed by of) is what is seen by taking a glance rather than the glance itself

• (The automatic roof light gave me a quick glimpse of two men, then the driver reached up to switch it off —A. Ross, 1970

• Here's a possible glimpse of the future: It's the year 2030, our landfill rubbish dumps are full, there are tight restrictions on shipping our junk to Third World countries, and we are producing more rubbish than ever —Leicester Mercury, 2004).

There is a corresponding difference in the use of the verbs, and glimpse can be transitive (take a direct object) whereas glance requires a linking preposition:

• He glanced down at the face of his gold Rolex —W. Wager, 1970

• I wanted to glimpse the buildings, monuments and streets from which the nightmares of the past century had been unleashed —Daily Telegraph, 2004.


Modern English usage. 2014.

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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 — [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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