• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glance-coal any hard coal, like anthracite, so called from its metallic lustre
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From a Teut. root seen in Sw. glans, Dut. glans, Ger. glanz, lustre, and allied to Eng. glint.


In literature:

He threw on some more coal, glanced at the table, and decided he wanted no supper.
"Sons and Lovers" by David Herbert Lawrence
The boy glanced back at the thickset, powerful figure, standing by one of the fires and looking gravely into the coals.
"The Guns of Shiloh" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Robert cast one more reluctant glance at the bed of coals, but it was a farewell, not any weakening of the will to go.
"The Masters of the Peaks" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Chloe glanced into the black eyes that glowed like living coals.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
Gretzinger inspected the coal of his cigarette, replaced the latter between his lips, and glanced at Bryant.
"The Iron Furrow" by George C. Shedd
Annesley glanced up, her face aflame, like a fanned coal.
"The Second Latchkey" by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
She could not help glancing sideways at them as they gazed into the red glow of the coal.
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He never so much as glanced in her direction, having found a very diverting chunk of coal, which he batted about the floor.
"Red Saunders' Pets and Other Critters" by Henry Wallace Phillips
A glance at the apartment, even by the fitful light of the coal-fire, showed that it was richly, even magnificently, furnished.
"Roland Cashel Volume I (of II)" by Charles James Lever
Billie occasionally glanced over her shoulder at the sick man and each time her eyes met his, which seemed to burn like coals of fire.
"The Motor Maids' School Days" by Katherine Stokes
She has just looked up and cast a bashful glance with a pair of coal-black eyes.
"The Letters of a Post-Impressionist" by Vincent Van Gogh
He gave one glance at the hole in the back yard as he went to the coal house for a fresh supply of coal.
"The King of Diamonds" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

"But now who's a glance for her, limping her round
With coal for the ferries that ply on the Sound?
And who that now sees her would know her the same
Which once was a clipper, a clipper of fame!"
"The Ould Has-Been" by Cicely Fox Smith