To direct the gaze briefly: glance at the menu; glanced in the rearview mirror. To move rapidly from one thing to another. Used of the eyes. To shine briefly; glint. See Synonyms at flash. To strike a surface at such an angle as to be deflected: A pebble glanced off the windshield. See Synonyms at brush1. To make a passing reference; touch briefly: a history course that only glanced at the Korean conflict. To strike (a surface) at an angle; graze: The arrow glanced the target but didn't stick. To cause to strike a surface at an angle: glanced a stone off the wall. A brief or cursory look: gave the paper a glance before breakfast. A quick flash of light; a gleam. An oblique movement following impact; a deflection: The car struck the barrier and went off at a glance. at first glance On initial consideration: At first glance the plan seemed unworkable. Any of various minerals that have a brilliant luster: silver glance.