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glimpse (plural glimpses)

  1. A brief look, glance, or peek.
    I only got a glimpse of the car, so I can tell you the colour but not the registration number.
    • Samuel Rogers (1763-1855)
      Here hid by shrub wood, there by glimpses seen.
    • 1907, Robert Chambers, chapter 1/2, The Younger Set:
      Selwyn [] , after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around [] to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure [] and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
  2. A sudden flash.
    • John Milton (1608-1674)
      Light as the lightning glimpse they ran.
  3. A faint idea; an inkling.



glimpse (third-person singular simple present glimpses, present participle glimpsing, simple past and past participle glimpsed)

  1. (transitive) To see or view briefly or incompletely.
    I have only begun to glimpse the magnitude of the problem.
  2. To appear by glimpses.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)