From earlier glimse, from Middle English glimsen (“to glisten, be dazzling, glance with the eyes”), akin to Middle High German glimsen (“to glow, smoulder”), Middle High German glinsen (“to shine, glimmer”), Middle Dutch glinsen and Middle Low German glinsen, glintzen, glinzen (“to shine, shimmer”), Dutch glinsteren (“to glitter, sparkle, shimmer, glint, glance”).
glimpse (plural glimpses)
- 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.
- (Can we date this quote by Samuel Rogers and provide title, author’s full name, and other details?)
- Here hid by shrub wood, there by glimpses seen.
- 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter I, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
- Selwyn, sitting up rumpled and cross-legged on the floor, after having boloed Drina to everybody's exquisite satisfaction, looked around at the sudden rustle of skirts to catch a glimpse of a vanishing figure—a glimmer of ruddy hair and the white curve of a youthful face, half-buried in a muff.
- A sudden flash.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 6”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Light as the lightning glimpse they ran.
- A faint idea; an inkling.
- (transitive) To see or view briefly or incompletely.
- I have only begun to glimpse the magnitude of the problem.
- (intransitive) To appear by glimpses.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)