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Definition a quick look or partial understanding
The exact meaning of glimpse can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I caught a glimpse of her when I was walking to class." — a very quick look
  • "I glimpsed at the headlines." — looked quickly
  • "Reading the book gave me a glimpse of the life of a devout Muslim immigrant in America." — a quick, incomplete view
  • I caught a glimpse of them at the game.
glimpse = a quick look
  • The ESPN video gave viewers a glimpse of Michael Jordan's childhood.
  • glimpse = a partial understanding
  • She gave them a glimpse of the challenge solving climate change has on the number of people living in poverty.
  • glimpse = a partial look
  • Sometimes, when we are lucky, we catch a glimpse of the moon through the skylight in the food court.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • glimpse = quick look
  • ...if he could just get a look at the generator, he would have the clue he needed. From there, he could begin to work on a solution that would keep the lights of Ember burning. But one glimpse of the generator showed him how foolish he was.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • glimpse = quick look
  • All night I sat wondering about the gorilla I'd glimpsed.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • glimpsed = seen briefly
  • This was difficult with fast-moving creatures like moths and spiders. To learn anything about them, he had to catch what glimpses he could as they lived their lives out in the open.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • glimpses = very quick looks
  • The blob stirred and muttered, and Doon, in the second before he stepped back and pulled the door closed, caught a glimpse of a fleshy ear, a slab of gray cheek, and a loose, purplish mouth.
    Jeanne DuPrau  --  The City of Ember
  • glimpse = very quick look
  • Like everyone else, I rush on deck to catch a glimpse of the future.
    Libba Bray  --  Sweet Far Thing
  • One of the windows looking upon the courtyard gave also a glimpse of the lawn.
    Frances Hodgson Burnett  --  The Secret Garden
  • For the first time, I catch a tiny glimpse of the burden the Augurs must live with.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • At the edge of the wolfswood, Bran turned in his basket for one last glimpse of the castle that had been his life.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • A glimpse of its meaning had stirred my reason and I was determined to begin the game afresh.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • I had only hoped to get a glimpse of you before starting my journey north, but I think the sight of me alarmed you.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  • He looked at it as something he could protect and control and educate—and when he caught his first glimpse of the kouros, Hoving was ready.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • I knew that last glimpse of his face would haunt me until I saw him smile again.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  New Moon
  • Now, she thought, now, and for an instant she glimpsed Khal Drogo before her, mounted on his smoky stallion, a flaming lash in his hand.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • He glimpsed movement, heard the soft scuffling sound of slippered feet on stone.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Then, staring more intently, he glimpsed it.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • She turned from Dodge Anders and glimpsed her reflection in a looking glass.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars

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