American English

Definition of glance noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



glance (at somebody/something)
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  • a quick look to take a glance at the newspaper headlines a cursory/brief/casual/furtive glance The sisters exchanged glances (= looked at each other). She shot him a sideways glance. He walked away without a backward glance. She stole a glance (= looked secretly) at her watch. 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
  • Idioms
    at first glance
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    when you first look at or think about something, often fairly quickly At first glance the problem seemed easy.
    at a (single) glance
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    immediately; with only a quick look He could tell at a glance what was wrong.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: glance