—v.i. 1. to look quickly or briefly.
2. to gleam or flash: a silver brooch glancing in the sunlight. 3. to strike a surface or object obliquely, esp. so as to bounce off at an angle (often fol. by off): The arrow glanced off his shield. 4. to allude briefly to a topic or subject in passing (usually fol. by at).
—v.t.Archaic. 1. to cast a glance or brief look at; catch a glimpse of.
2. to cast or reflect, as a gleam.
3. to throw, hit, kick, shoot, etc. (something) so that it glances off a surface or object.
—n. 1. a quick or brief look.
2. a gleam or flash of light, esp. reflected light.
3. a deflected movement or course; an oblique rebound.
4. a passing reference or allusion; insinuation.
5. Cricket.a stroke in which the batsman deflects the ball with the bat, as to leg.
Pronunciation: (glans, gläns),[key] —n. any of various minerals having a luster that indicates a metallic nature.