glance1 W3 [gla:ns US glæns] v [I always + adverb/preposition]
[Date: 1400-1500; Origin: Perhaps from glent 'to move quickly, shine' (13-19 centuries)]
1.) to quickly look at someone or something
glance at/up/down etc
The man glanced nervously at his watch.
Wyatt glanced around the restaurant.
Emily glanced over her shoulder.
2.) to read something very quickly
glance at/through etc
Can you glance through these figures for me?
glance off () [glance off (sth)] phr v
1.) to hit a surface at an angle and then move away from it in another direction
The bullet had crushed his helmet and glanced off.
2.) literary if light glances off a surface, it flashes or shines back from it
The sun was glancing off the icy tips of gleaming rock.
WORD CHOICE: glance, glimpse
glance (verb) means 'to look quickly and deliberately' and a glance is the act of quickly looking at someone or something : I glanced at my watch. | She gave me an amused glance.
glimpse (verb) means 'to see something or someone by chance for a very short time' and a glimpse is a sight that you see by chance for a very short time : I glimpsed someone behind the curtain. | We got a glimpse of her face as she hurried past.
glance 2
glance2 W3 n
1.) a quick look
He gave her a quick glance and smiled.
sidelong/sideways glance
She couldn't resist a sidelong glance (=a look that is not direct) at him.
take/shoot/throw/cast a glance (at sb)
(=look at someone or something quickly)
The couple at the next table cast quick glances in our direction.
The brothers exchanged glances (=looked at each other quickly) .
2.) at a glance
a) if you know something at a glance, you know it as soon as you see it
He saw at a glance what had happened.
b) in a short form that is easy to read and understand
Here are our top ten ski resorts at a glance.
3.) at first glance/sight
when you first look at something
At first glance, the place seemed deserted.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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