1. A brief, incomplete view or look.
2. Archaic A brief flash of light.
v. glimpsed, glimps·ing, glimps·es
To obtain a brief, incomplete view of.
To look briefly; glance: glimpsed at the headlines.
[Middle English glimsen, to glisten, glance; see ghel-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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