Afleeting glance - a fleeting glance


• Draw a line from Altair, the brightest star high in the southwest after dark, to the right to Vega, high in the west and even brighter. Continue the line half as far onward, and you hit the Lozenge: the pointy-nosed head of Draco, the Dragon, with orange Eltanin as the tip of his nose.

cursory , from . cursoire "rapid," from . cursorius "of a race or running," from L. cursor "runner," from cursum, pp. of currere "to run" (see current).

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Old English fleot "ship, raft, floating vessel," from fleotan "to float" (see fleet (v.)). Sense of "naval force" is pre-1200. The Old English word also meant "creek, inlet, flow of water," especially one into the Thames near Ludgate Hill, which lent its name to Fleet Street (home of newspaper and magazine houses, standing for "the English press" since 1882), Fleet prison , etc.

glance 1441, from glacen "to graze, strike a glancing blow" (), from . glaichier "to slip, make slippery," from glace "ice" (see glacial). Sense of "look quickly" (first recorded 1583) infl. by . glenten "look askance" (see glint).

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