glance1 / glans/ • v. [intr.] 1. take a brief or hurried look: Ginny glanced at her watch. ∎ (glance at/through) read quickly or cursorily: I glanced through your personnel file last night.2. hit something at an angle and bounce off obliquely: he saw a stone glance off a crag and hit Tom on the head. ∎ (esp. of light) reflect off something with a brief flash: sunlight glanced off the curved body of a dolphin. ∎ [tr.] (in ball games) deflect (the ball) slightly with a delicate contact: he glanced the ball into the right corner of the net.• n. 1. a brief or hurried look: Sean and Michael exchanged glances.2. poetic/lit. a flash or gleam of light.PHRASES: at a glance immediately upon looking: she saw at a glance what had happened.at first glance when seen or considered for the first time, esp. briefly: good news, at first glance, for frequent travelers.glance one's eye archaic look briefly: glancing his severe eye around the group.DERIVATIVES: glanc·ing·ly adv.glance2 • n. a shiny sulfide ore of lead, copper, or other metal.