Glance (?), n. [Akin to D. glans luster, brightness, G. glanz, Sw. glans, D. glands brightness, glimpse. Cf. Gleen, Glint, Glitter, and Glance a mineral.]


A sudden flash of light or splendor.

Swift as the lightning glance. Milton.


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.


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 carbon. -- Glance cobalt, cobaltite, or gray cobalt. -- Glance copper, calcocite. -- Glance wood, a hard wood grown in Cuba, and used for gauging instruments, carpenters' rules, etc. McElrath.


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Glance, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Glanced (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Glancing (?).]


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. Tennyson.


To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. "Your arrow hath glanced".


On me the curse aslope Glanced on the ground. Milton.


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. Shak.


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

Wherein obscurely Caesar"s ambition shall be glanced at. Shak.

He glanced at a certain reverend doctor. Swift.


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.


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Glance (?), v. t.


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


To hint at; to touch lightly or briefly.


In company I often glanced it. Shak.


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