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  • IPA(key): /ɡlɪmps/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪmps


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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Samuel Rogers
      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.
  2. A sudden flash.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      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. (intransitive) To appear by glimpses.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Drayton to this entry?)