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1    a brief or incomplete view  
to catch a glimpse of the sea     
2    a vague indication  
he had a glimpse of what the lecturer meant     
3    Archaic   a glimmer of light  
4    tr   to catch sight of briefly or momentarily  
5    intr; usually foll by: at     (Chiefly U.S.)   to look (at) briefly or cursorily; glance (at)  
6    intr  
Archaic   to shine faintly; glimmer  
     (C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German glimsen to glimmer)  
  glimpser      n  
Glimpse is sometimes wrongly used where glance is meant: he gave a quick glance (not glimpse) at his watch  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  


      n   brief view, butcher's     (Brit. slang)   gander     (informal)   glance, look, peek, peep, quick look, shufti     (Brit. slang)   sight, sighting, squint  
      vb   catch sight of, clock     (Brit. informal)   descry, espy, sight, spot, spy, view  

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