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.

Definitions of glance
  1. verb
    throw a glance at; take a brief look at
    “She only glanced at the paper”
    synonyms: glint, peek
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    type of:
    perceive with attention; direct one's gaze towards
  2. noun
    a quick look
    synonyms: coup d'oeil, gander, glimpse
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    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
  3. verb
    hit at an angle
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    type of:
    collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
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