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Glance (noun)

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Glance. n.s. [glantz, German, glitter.]

  1. A sudden shoot of light or splendour.

    His off'ring soon propitious fire from heav'n
    Consum'd with nimble glance, and grateful steam:
    The other's not; for his was not sincere.
    Milt. Parad. Lost.

  2. A stroke or dart of the beam of sight.

    The aspects which procure love are not gazings, but sudden glances and dartings of the eye. Bacon's Nat. History.

    There are those sort of beauties which last but for a moment; some particularity of a violent passion, some graceful action, a smile, a glance of an eye, a disdainful look, and a look of gravity. Dryden's Dufresncy.

  3. A snatch of sight; a quick view.

    The ample mind takes a survey of several objects with one glance. Watts's Improvement of the Mind.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Milton, John (449) · Watts, Isaac (117)

Attributes: German (30) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Glance (noun)." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: May 18, 2014. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=19553.


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