glance

Glance involves quick contact. When you glance at someone you take a quick peek at them. When a knife blow glances off you, it doesn't penetrate, but hits at an angle.

When you glance at someone, it's often because you don't want to be caught staring. Remember: "Strangers in the night/exchanging glances..." In certain circles, if someone is caught glancing at someone else's girlfriend, he'll find himself in a fist fight, praying only that his beefy opponent will deliver only a glancing blow.

Primary Meanings of glance

1.
vn
throw a glance at; take a brief look at
a quick look
2.
v
hit at an angle
Full Definitions of glance
1

v throw a glance at; take a brief look at

“She only glanced at the paper”
Synonyms:
glint, peek
Type of:
look
perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards

n a quick look

Synonyms:
coup d'oeil, gander, glimpse
Types:
eye-beaming
a radiant glance of the eye
side-glance, side-look
a glance sideways
Type of:
look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually
2

v hit at an angle

Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with

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