from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To shine brightly and steadily, especially without a flame: Embers glowed in the furnace.
  • intransitive v. To have a bright, warm, usually reddish color: The children's cheeks glowed from the cold.
  • intransitive v. To flush; blush.
  • intransitive v. To be exuberant or radiant: parents glowing with pride.
  • n. A light produced by a body heated to luminosity; incandescence.
  • n. Brilliance or warmth of color, especially redness: "the evening glow of the city streets when the sun has gone behind the tallest houses” ( Seán O'Faoláin).
  • n. A sensation of physical warmth.
  • n. A warm feeling, as of pleasure or well-being.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.
  • v. To radiate some emotional quality like light.
  • v. To gaze especially passionately at something.
  • v. To radiate thermal heat.
  • v. To shine brightly and steadily.
  • v. To sweat
  • n. The state of a glowing object.
  • n. The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.
  • n. The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. White or red heat; incandscence.
  • n. Brightness or warmth of color; redness; a rosy flush.
  • n. Intense excitement or earnestness; vehemence or heat of passion; ardor.
  • n. Heat of body; a sensation of warmth, as that produced by exercise, etc.
  • intransitive v. To shine with an intense or white heat; to give forth vivid light and heat; to be incandescent.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit a strong, bright color; to be brilliant, as if with heat; to be bright or red with heat or animation, with blushes, etc.
  • intransitive v. To feel hot; to have a burning sensation, as of the skin, from friction, exercise, etc.; to burn.
  • intransitive v. To feel the heat of passion; to be animated, as by intense love, zeal, anger, etc.; to rage, as passior.
  • transitive v. To make hot; to flush.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To burn with an intense heat, especially without flame; give forth bright light and heat; be incandescent.
  • Hence To radiate heat and light in a marked degree; appear incandescent; be very bright and hot.
  • To feel a more or less intense sensation of heat; be hot, as the skin; have a burning sensation.
  • To exhibit a strong bright color; be lustrously red or brilliant; shine vividly.
  • To feel the heat of passion; be ardent; be animated by intense love, zeal, anger, or the like.
  • To be intense or vehement; have or exhibit force, ardor, or animation.
  • To stare with amazement.
  • To heat so as to produce color or brilliancy; produce a flush in.
  • n. Shining heat, or white heat; incandescence.
  • n. Brightness of color; vivid redness: as, the glow of health in the cheeks.
  • n. A flush of sensation or feeling, as of pleasure, pain, etc.; ardor; vehemence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shine intensely, as if with heat
  • n. the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface
  • n. an alert and refreshed state
  • n. a feeling of considerable warmth
  • n. a steady even light without flames
  • v. emit a steady even light without flames
  • n. light from nonthermal sources
  • v. have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  • v. be exuberant or high-spirited
  • n. an appearance of reflected light
  • v. experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
  • n. the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English glouen, from Old English glōwan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.

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


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