Glance vs Seek - What's the difference?

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Glance is a related term of seek.

As verbs the difference between glance and seek

is that glance is to look briefly (at something) while seek is (lb) to try to find, to look for, to search.

As a noun glance

is a brief or cursory look.



Alternative forms

* glaunce (obsolete)


  • To look briefly (at something).
  • She glanced at her reflection as she passed the mirror.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, / Doth glance from heaven to earth, from earth to heaven.
  • To graze a surface.
  • To sparkle.
  • The spring sunlight was glancing on the water of the pond.
  • * Tennyson
  • From art, from nature, from the schools, / Let random influences glance , / Like light in many a shivered lance, / That breaks about the dappled pools.
  • To move quickly, appearing and disappearing rapidly; to be visible only for an instant at a time; to move interruptedly; to twinkle.
  • * Macaulay
  • And all along the forum and up the sacred seat, / His vulture eye pursued the trip of those small glancing feet.
  • To strike and fly off in an oblique direction; to dart aside.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Your arrow hath glanced .
  • * Milton
  • On me the curse aslope / Glanced on the ground.
  • (soccer) To hit lightly with the head, make a deft header.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 18 , author= , title=Wolverhampton 5 - 0 Doncaster , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Doncaster paid the price two minutes later when Doyle sent Hunt away down the left and his pinpoint cross was glanced in by Fletcher for his sixth goal of the season. }}
  • To make an incidental or passing reflection; to allude; to hint; often with at .
  • * Shakespeare
  • Wherein obscurely / Caesar's ambition shall be glanced at.
  • * Jonathan Swift
  • He glanced at a certain reverend doctor.


    * (To look briefly) glimpse

    Derived terms

    * glance off * glance over * glance away * glanceable


    (en noun)
  • A brief or cursory look.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • Dart not scornful glances from those eyes.
  • * 1900 , , The House Behind the Cedars , Chapter I,
  • Warwick left the undertaker's shop and retraced his steps until he had passed the lawyer's office, toward which he threw an affectionate glance .
  • *{{quote-book, year=1959, author=(Georgette Heyer), title=(The Unknown Ajax), chapter=1
  • , passage=But Richmond, his grandfather's darling, after one thoughtful glance cast under his lashes at that uncompromising countenance appeared to lose himself in his own reflections.}}
  • A deflection.
  • (label) A stroke in which the ball is deflected to one side.
  • A sudden flash of light or splendour.
  • * (John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • swift as the lightning glance
  • An incidental or passing thought or allusion.
  • * (William Cowper) (1731-1800)
  • How fleet is a glance of the mind.
  • (label) Any of various sulphides, mostly dark-coloured, which have a brilliant metallic lustre.
  • (label) Glance coal.
  • Derived terms
    * at a glance * at first glance * coal glance * cobalt glance * copper glance * steal a glance * wood glance




  • (lb) To try to find, to look for, to search.
  • :
  • *{{quote-magazine, year=2013, month=July-August, author= Catherine Clabby
  • , magazine=(American Scientist), title= Focus on Everything , passage=Not long ago, it was difficult to produce photographs of tiny creatures with every part in focus.
  • (label) To inquire for; to ask for; to solicit; to beseech.
  • :
  • *Bible, (w) xi. 16
  • *:Others, tempting him, sought of him a sign.
  • *1960 , (Lobsang Rampa), :
  • *:“My, my! It is indeed a long way yet, look you!” said the pleasant woman of whom I sought directions.
  • (lb) To try to acquire or gain; to strive after; to aim at.
  • :
  • *1880 , , :
  • *:But persecution sought the lives of men of this character.
  • *1886 , Constantine Popoff, translation of (Leo Tolstoy)'s :
  • *:I can no longer seek fame or glory, nor can I help trying to get rid of my riches, which separate me from my fellow-creatures.
  • *
  • *:Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes.She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
  • To go, move, travel (in a given direction).
  • :
  • *, Bk.V:
  • *:Ryght so he sought towarde Sandewyche where he founde before hym many galyard knyghtes
  • (lb) To try to reach or come to; to go to; to resort to.
  • *:
  • *:Seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
  • *1726 (tr.), (Alexander Pope), ''(Homer)'s (Odyssey), Book II, line 33
  • *:Since great Ulysses sought the Phrygian plains
  • Quotations


    * look for * search

    Derived terms

    * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l) * (l)