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  1. incandescent.
  2. rich and warm in coloring: glowing colors.
  3. showing the radiance of health, excitement, etc.: glowing cheeks.
  4. warmly favorable or complimentary: a glowing account of her work.
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Origin of glowing

before 1000; Middle English glowynge, Old English glowende. See glow, -ing2
Related formsglow·ing·ly, adverbun·glow·ing, adjective


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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.
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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.
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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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  • Reassured, he drew out an electric torch and set it glowing.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Her eyes were glowing with even more than their usual lusters.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Now the whole Cathedral was glowing with a reddish yellow light.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • When she came in her cheeks were glowing from her run in the frosty air.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • The sun was down, and the sky was a great, glowing mass of color.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for glowing


  1. emitting a steady bright light without flamesglowing embers
  2. warm and rich in colourthe room was decorated in glowing shades of gold and orange
  3. flushed and rosy, as from exercise or excitementglowing cheeks
  4. displaying or indicative of extreme satisfaction, pride, or emotionhe gave a glowing account of his son's achievements
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Derived Formsglowingly, adverb


  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
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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
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Word Origin

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 glowing



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

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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.

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