• WordNet 3.6
    • v glimpse catch a glimpse of or see briefly "We glimpsed the Queen as she got into her limousine"
    • n glimpse a quick look
    • n glimpse a brief or incomplete view "from the window he could catch a glimpse of the lake"
    • n glimpse a vague indication "he caught only a glimpse of the professor's meaning"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Glimpse A faint idea; an inkling.
    • Glimpse A short, hurried view; a transitory or fragmentary perception; a quick sight. "Here hid by shrub wood, there by glimpses seen."
    • Glimpse A sudden flash; transient luster. "LIght as the lightning glimpse they ran."
    • v. i Glimpse to appear by glimpses; to catch glimpses.
    • v. t Glimpse To catch a glimpse of; to see by glimpses; to have a short or hurried view of. "Some glimpsing and no perfect sight."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • glimpse To glimmer; shine.
    • glimpse To come into momentary view; appear transiently or as in a flash.
    • glimpse To look momentarily or accidentally.
    • glimpse To get a momentary view of; see transiently.
    • glimpse To show or cause to be seen as by a glimpse. We conclude this survey with the mention of the psychology of the developing child, glimpsing as it does, in the budding capabilities of the infant, the microcosm of the race and an epitome of the struggle for civilization.
    • n glimpse A transient gleam; a momentary ray or flash of light.
    • n glimpse A transient or hurried view; a glance, as in passing; hence, a momentary or chance experience of anything; a faint perception.
    • n glimpse A faint trace or share; a slight tinge.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Glimpse glimps a short gleam: a weak light: transient lustre: a hurried view: fleeting enjoyment: the exhibition of a faint resemblance
    • v.i Glimpse to appear by glimpses
    • v.t Glimpse to get a glimpse of
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  • Arthur P. Stanley
    Arthur P. Stanley
    “There are glimpses of heaven to us in every act, or thought, or word, that raises us above ourselves.”
  • Albert Camus
    “Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.”
  • Cole Porter
    Cole Porter
    “In olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking but now, God knows, anything goes.”
  • Robert Frost
    “Heaven gives its glimpses only to those not in position to look too close.”
  • Lydia M. Child
    “Home -- that blessed word, which opens to the human heart the most perfect glimpse of Heaven, and helps to carry it thither, as on an angel's wings.”
  • Helen Hayes
    Helen Hayes
    “The story of a love is not important -- what is important is that one is capable of love. It is perhaps the only glimpse we are permitted of eternity.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For glimse, from the root of glimmer,


In literature:

It was like a glimpse of romance.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
She gave a slight start of astonishment at a glimpse of Berta hastening past her.
"Beatrice Leigh at College" by Julia Augusta Schwartz
As she swept past, Burton glimpsed her face.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
But Henry's eyes caught the glimpse of something to their right.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Woolstone-lane world was truly very different from that of which she had had a glimpse, and quite as new to her.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
He obtains a glimpse of the Divine Order, and feels the necessity of keeping in harmony with the same.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider
He was fearful lest Zuker might catch a glimpse of Paul down the well.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
Roseleaf was all right, if he could only get a glimpse of realism into his work.
"A Black Adonis" by Linn Boyd Porter
It was my first glimpse of him, but I recognized him instantly from the many descriptions border men had given of him.
"A Virginia Scout" by Hugh Pendexter
Percival longed intensely for a glimpse of beauty, for a little space of warmth and love, of wealth and liberty.
"Lippincott's Magazine, December 1878" by Various

In poetry:

The maid I glimpsed,
I wonder, may I meet her more?
Plum blossom
Bloomed around about
Where the sun does ever shine.
"The maid I glimpsed" by Ise
Yet--once--I saw its opening throw
A brighter light about
And glimpsed strange glory on the brow
Of someone passing out!
"The Town Between" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
I heard a song across the sea
As sweet and faint as echoes are,
And glimpsed a poignant happiness
No care of earth might mar.
"For Little Things" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
And, if a tear, that speaks regret
Of happier times, appear,
A glimpse of joy, that we have met,
Shall shine, and dry the tear.
"To The Rev. Mr. Newton : An Invitation Into The Country" by William Cowper
And has the soul, then, only gained,
From this brief time of ease,
A moment's rest, when overstrained,
One hurried glimpse of peace ?
"Winter Stores" by Charlotte Bronte
He found her where white daisies blew
Against the wood in drift of spray,
And glimpses of the sky upthrew
Blood from the birth of day.
"Medley " by E J Rupert Atkinson

In news:

A glimpse inside the minds and souls of the men who have led our country.
Glimpses of jaguars, toucans, and black orchids reward the intrepid traveler in the unspoiled wilds of Belize.
A conversation published this weekend by Belgian media provides a rare glimpse into a transaction between church officials and victims involved in Catholic sex abuse scandals.
Food & Drink Our weekly glimpse into the future of Portland's restaurant and bar scene Das Beer, an upcoming on More.
In Kyrgyzstan, traditional horse games offer a glimpse into Central Asia's nomadic past.
His Maryland teammates say they have seen glimpses of Layman 's potential in practices.
Annie's Plan, an easy-to-read storybook designed for kids ages six to 11, offers a glimpse into the life of a little girl named Annie.
It was a major traffic jam at the Herve Leger show, as people rubbernecked on their way to their seats to get a glimpse of Camila Alves, Nina Dobrev and many more celebs.
Asian tourists, who are overtaking Middle Eastern visitors, were out to catch a glimpse of Tommy Hilfiger, an all-American icon.
When we get an early glimpse of Harry Copeland, he's falling in love in an instant, with a girl he sees on the Staten Island Ferry.
Mysterious fatal crash provides rare glimpse of US commandos in Mali.
Every week, Texas on the Potomac gives you a second glimpse at the most popular posts on our site.
Neil MacGregor , director of the British Museum, talks about selecting100 man-made artifacts that each provide an intimate glimpse of an important turning point in human civilization.
Glimpse certain touring acts' recent set lists, and you'd swear time stopped during the 1990s.
The association will open the doors between noon to 6 pm on those dates so the public can catch a glimpse of the detail and grandeur of two model layouts.

In science:

The full picture concerning the EIS, of which only glimpses were seen before (e.g., Mitsuda et al. 1989, Langmeier et al. 1989, Yoshida et al. 1993), is only now becoming clear.
A review of rapid X-ray variability in X-ray binaries
Those discoveries, the first evidence for ‘physics beyond the Standard Model’ gives us an intriguing glimpse into the fundamental source of particle mass and the role of flavor in the scheme of particles and their interactions.
Neutrinoless double beta decay and direct searches for neutrino mass
The equations shown in this letter give a first glimpse of the unlikelihood (or likelihood) of the rupture of cosmic censorship as suggested by a special type of stability analysis.
Strong cosmic censorship: the role of nearly extreme nonrotating black holes
The purpose of this article is to provide a glimpse of some of the exciting experimental results in this field.
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields
In this article I have attempted to provide a glimpse of the exciting phenomena that 2D carrier systems in a perpendicular magnetic field have revealed over the last 25 years or so.
Flatland Electrons in High Magnetic Fields