glance Definition

  • 1to look quickly at something
  • 2a quick or brief look

Using glance: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "glance" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She glanced at her watch and realized she was late.

  • Example

    He gave a quick glance around the room.

  • Example

    I caught a glance of the sunset before it disappeared behind the mountains.

  • Example

    She stole a glance at him when he wasn't looking.

glance Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for glance

Antonyms for glance

Phrases with glance

  • based on initial impressions or appearances


    At first glance, the painting looked like an abstract mess, but upon closer inspection, it revealed hidden details.

  • to take a quick look at something without being noticed


    She stole a glance at the cute guy sitting across from her in the coffee shop.

  • to look at someone with romantic interest or attraction


    He's been giving her the glad eye all night, but she's not interested.

Origins of glance

from Old English 'glinsan', meaning 'to shine, gleam'


Summary: glance in Brief

The term 'glance' [ɡlæns] refers to a quick or brief look at something. It can be used as both a verb and a noun, and is often associated with speed and brevity. Examples include 'She glanced at her watch and realized she was late,' and 'He gave a quick glance around the room.' Phrases like 'at first glance' and 'steal a glance' add nuance to the term.

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