- The definition of a glow is a steady light, or a sense of warmth.
An example of a glow is the light of a candle.
- Glow is defined as to give off a light or heat, or to show good health or happiness.
An example of glow is for one star to shine in a dark night sky.
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- to give off a bright light as a result of great heat; be incandescent or red-hot
- to give out a steady, even light without flame or blaze
- to be or feel hot; give out heat
- to radiate health or high spirits
- to be elated or enlivened by emotion: to glow with pride
- to show brilliant, conspicuous colors; be bright; specif.,
- to be flushed, as from emotion, enthusiasm, etc.; be rosy or ruddy
- to gleam; flash; light up: said of the eyes
- to be bright or luminescent: said of colors
Origin: Middle English glowen from Old English glowan, akin to German glühen from Indo-European an unverified form ghlō- from base an unverified form ĝhel-, to shine from source gold, gleam, yellow, Glassical Greek chlōros, light green
- a light given off as the result of great heat; incandescence
- steady, even light without flame or blaze
- brilliance, vividness, or luminescence of color
- brightness of skin color, as from good health, emotion, etc.; flush
- a sensation of warmth and well-being
- warmth of emotion; ardor, eagerness, etc.
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intransitive verb glowed, glow·ing, glows
- To shine brightly and steadily, especially without a flame: Embers glowed in the furnace.
- a. To have a bright, warm, usually reddish color: The children's cheeks glowed from the cold.b. To flush; blush.
- To be exuberant or radiant: parents glowing with pride.
- A light produced by a body heated to luminosity; incandescence.
- 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).
- A sensation of physical warmth.
- A warm feeling, as of pleasure or well-being.
Origin: Middle English glouen, from Old English glōwan; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.