from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To shine brightly and steadily, especially without a flame.
  • intransitive verb To have a bright, warm, usually reddish color.
  • intransitive verb To flush; blush.
  • intransitive verb To be exuberant or radiant.
  • noun A light produced by a body heated to luminosity; incandescence.
  • noun Brilliance or warmth of color, especially redness.
  • noun A sensation of physical warmth.
  • noun A warm feeling, as of pleasure or well-being.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Shining heat, or white heat; incandescence.
  • noun Brightness of color; vivid redness: as, the glow of health in the cheeks.
  • noun A flush of sensation or feeling, as of pleasure, pain, etc.; ardor; vehemence.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb shine intensely, as if with heat
  • noun the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface
  • noun an alert and refreshed state
  • noun a feeling of considerable warmth
  • noun a steady even light without flames
  • verb emit a steady even light without flames
  • noun light from nonthermal sources
  • verb have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
  • verb be exuberant or high-spirited
  • noun an appearance of reflected light
  • verb experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
  • noun 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- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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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