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  1. a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity; incandescence.
  2. brightness of color.
  3. a sensation or state of bodily heat.
  4. a warm, ruddy color of the cheeks.
  5. warmth of emotion or passion; ardor.
verb (used without object)
  1. to emit bright light and heat without flame; become incandescent.
  2. to shine like something intensely heated.
  3. to exhibit a strong, bright color; be lustrously red or brilliant.
  4. (of the cheeks) to exhibit a healthy, warm, ruddy color.
  5. to become or feel very warm or hot.
  6. to show emotion or elation: to glow with pride.

Origin of glow

before 1000; Middle English glowen (v.), Old English glōwan; akin to German glühen, Old Norse glōa
Related formsout·glow, verb (used with object)un·der·glow, noun

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  1. light emitted by a substance or object at a high temperature
  2. a steady even light without flames
  3. brilliance or vividness of colour
  4. brightness or ruddiness of complexion
  5. a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction
  6. intensity of emotion; ardour
verb (intr)
  1. to emit a steady even light without flames
  2. to shine intensely, as if from great heat
  3. to be exuberant or high-spirited, as from excellent health or intense emotion
  4. to experience a feeling of wellbeing or satisfactionto glow with pride
  5. (esp of the complexion) to show a strong bright colour, esp a shade of red
  6. to be very hot

Word Origin for glow

Old English glōwan; related to Old Norse glōa, Old High German gluoen, Icelandic glōra to sparkle
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Word Origin and History for glow

Old English glowan "to glow, shine as if red-hot," from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (cf. Old Saxon gloian, Old Frisian gled "glow, blaze," Old Norse gloa, Old High German gluoen, German glühen "to glow"), from PIE *ghel- (see glass). Figuratively from late 14c. Related: Glowed; glowing.


mid-15c., from glow (v).

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