Etymology
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glimpse (v.)

c. 1400, "to glisten, be dazzling," probably from Old English *glimsian "shine faintly," part of the group of Germanic words in *gl- having to do with "smooth; shining; joyous," from PIE root *ghel- (2) "to shine." If so, the unetymological -p- would be there to ease pronunciation. From mid-15c. as "to glance with the eyes;" from 1779 as "catch a quick view." Related: Glimpsed; glimpsing.

glimpse (n.)

1530s, "faint or transient appearance," from glimpse (v.). From 1570s as "a brief and imperfect view." Earlier was the verbal noun glimpsing "imperfect vision" (late 14c.).

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Definitions of glimpse
1
glimpse (n.)
a quick look;
Synonyms: glance / coup d'oeil
glimpse (n.)
a brief or incomplete view;
from the window he could catch a glimpse of the lake
glimpse (n.)
a vague indication;
he caught only a glimpse of the professor's meaning
2
glimpse (v.)
catch a glimpse of or see briefly;
We glimpsed the Queen as she got into her limousine
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