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    What is the different of 'glance' and 'glimpse'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by msc
    What is the different of 'glance' and 'glimpse'?

    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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    It is usually a glance at something or a glimpse of something.

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    Yes, I do agree with CitySpeak that both words "glance" and "glimpse" mean "brief look" but there is still a slight difference in them. Look at these examples:

    1. She glanced around the room to see who was there.

    2. We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train.

    "Glance" seems to look briefly but look entirely and "glimpse" seems to look only part of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by al125106
    Yes, I do agree with CitySpeak that both words "glance" and "glimpse" mean "brief look" but there is still a slight difference in them. Look at these examples:

    1. She glanced around the room to see who was there.

    2. We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train.

    "Glance" seems to look briefly but look entirely and "glimpse" seems to look only part of it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by al125106
    Yes, I do agree with CitySpeak that both words "glance" and "glimpse" mean "brief look" but there is still a slight difference in them. Look at these examples:

    1. She glanced around the room to see who was there.

    2. We glimpsed the ruined abbey from the windows of the train.

    "Glance" seems to look briefly but look entirely and "glimpse" seems to look only part of it.

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    Glance is like 'quick look'- done on purpose.
    Glimpse is like 'see'- not done on purpose.
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