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 carbon.
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. Glancing ]
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. --Tennyson.
2. 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.
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. --Shak.
4. To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; -- often with at.
Caesar'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.
n : a quick look [syn: glimpse, coup d'oeil]
v 1: throw a glance at; take a brief look at; "She only glanced
at the paper"; "I only peeked--I didn't see anything
interesting" [syn: peek, glint]
2: rebound after hitting; "The car caromed off several
lampposts" [syn: carom]