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GL'ANCE, noun [The primary sense is to shoot, to throw, to dart.]

1. A sudden shoot of light or splendor.

2. A shoot or darting of sight; a rapid or momentary view or cast; a snatch of sight; as a sudden glance; a glance of the eye.

GL'ANCE, verb intransitive To shoot or dart a ray of light or splendor.

When through the gloom the glancing lightnings fly.

1. To fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside. The arrow struck the shield and glanced. So we say, a glancing ball or shot.

2. To look with a sudden rapid cast of the eye; to snatch a momentary or hasty view.

Then sit again, and sigh and glance

3. To hint; to cast a word or reflection; as to glance at a different subject.

4. To censure by oblique hints.

GL'ANCE, verb transitive To shoot or dart suddenly or obliquely; to cast for a moment; as, to glance the eye.