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glow

Noun

1 an alert and refreshed state [syn: freshness]
2 light from nonthermal sources [syn: luminescence]
3 the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised [syn: incandescence]
4 a feeling of considerable warmth; "the glow of new love"; "a glow of regret"
5 a steady even light without flames
6 the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface [syn: radiance, glowing]
7 an appearance of reflected light [syn: gleam, gleaming, lambency]

Verb

1 emit a steady even light without flames; "The fireflies were glowing and flying about in the garden"
2 especially of the complexion: show a strong bright color, such as red or pink; "Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna" [syn: beam, radiate, shine]
3 shine intensely, as if with heat; "The coals were glowing in the dark"; "The candles were burning" [syn: burn]
4 be exuberant or high-spirited; "Make the people's hearts glow"
5 experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion; "She was beaming with joy"; "Her face radiated with happiness" [syn: beam, radiate, shine]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Possibly from the Old English glōwan, though this is disputed because the corresponding words in Old Saxon and Old High German are dissimilar, glōjan and gluoen respectively. It may instead be from an Old Norse word, glóa. Its ultimate root is probably the Old Teutonic root *glo-. See glass

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.
  2. To radiate some emotional quality like light.
    The zealots glowed with religious fervor.
    The new baby's room glows with bright, loving colors.
  3. To gaze especially passionately at something.
  4. To burn with bodily heat.
    After their work out, the gymnasts faces were glowing red.
  5. To shine brightly and steadily.
  6. To sweat
    Women glow, men sweat.

Translations

Noun

  1. The state of a glowing object.
  2. The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.
  3. The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).

Extensive Definition

Glow may refer to:
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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