Originally Posted by msc
glance - This is used as a verb or a noun.
He glanced at the paper. He took a glance at the picture.
glimpse - This is usually used as a noun, although it is also a verb.
He only had a glimpse at the pictures.
Both mean a "brief look".
glance - usually done with more purpose
glimpse - This does not sound too good. I think "glimpse" sounds like there was less purpose or meaning in how something was looked at.
Both mean "to look at for a very short time" briefly - usually no more than a few seconds. Glimpse sounds a bit negative to me. Glance sounds a bit more positive.
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