- 1glimpse (of somebody/something) glimpse (at somebody/something) a look at someone or something for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely He caught a glimpse of her in the crowd. I came up on deck to get my first glimpse of the island. Fans crowded the street outside waiting for a glimpse of their hero. Thesauruslookglance gaze stare glimpse glareThese are all words for an act of looking, when you turn your eyes in a particular direction.look an act of looking at someone or something:Here, take a look at this.glance a quick look:She stole a glance at her watch.gaze a long steady look at someone or something:He felt embarrassed under her steady gaze.stare a long look at someone or something, especially in a way that is unfriendly or that shows surprise:She gave the officer a blank stare and shrugged her shoulders.glimpse a look at someone or something for a very short time, when you do not see the person or thing completely:He caught a glimpse of her in the crowd.glare a long angry look at someone or something:She gave her questioner a hostile glare.Patterns a look/glance at somebody/something a penetrating/piercing look/glance/gaze/stare a long look/glance/stare a brief look/glance/glimpse to have/get/take a look/glance/glimpse to avoid somebody's glance/gaze/stare
- 2a short experience of something that helps you to understand it glimpse (into something) a fascinating glimpse into life in the ocean glimpse (of something) The program gives us a rare glimpse of a great artist at work.