General English


  • noun a batting stroke in which the ball is deflected from an angled bat into the area between square leg and fine leg. It is played with a more or less straight bat, usually to a ball pitching on or outside leg stump, and can be made off the front or back foot, depending on the length of the ball. At the moment of impact the face of the bat is angled so that the ball ‘glances’ off behind square on the leg-side.
  • verb to hit the ball when making a glance
    Citation ‘Richardson took a single to point off the third ball, and Bailey glanced the fifth for three’ (Peebles 1959)


  • verb to strike something briefly or lightly at an angle
  • verb to hit a bowled ball with the bat held at an angle so that the ball is deflected to the leg side

Origin & History of “glance”

‘Touch or deflect lightly’, as in ‘glance off something’ and a ‘glancing blow’, is the primary meaning of glance; ‘look briefly’ did not develop until the 16th century. The word may have originated as an alteration of the middle English verb glacen ‘glide, slide’ (probably under the influence of Middle English glenten, the ancestor of modern English glint). Glacen was borrowed from Old French glacier ‘slide’, a derivative of glace ‘ice’ (from which English also gets glacier).