glow

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English glowen, from Old English glōwan, from Proto-Germanic *glōaną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰel-. Cognate with Saterland Frisian gloie, glöie, gluuje, West Frisian gloeie, Dutch gloeien, German glühen, Danish and Norwegian glo, Icelandic glóa. See also glass.

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Verb[edit]

glow (third-person singular simple present glows, present participle glowing, simple past glowed or (nonstandard) glew, past participle glowed or (nonstandard) glown)

  1. To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.
    The fire was still glowing after ten hours.
  2. To radiate some emotional quality like light.
    The zealots glowed with religious fervor.
    You are glowing from happiness!
  3. To gaze especially passionately at something.
  4. (copulative) To radiate thermal heat.
    Iron glows red hot when heated to near its melting point.
    After their workout, the gymnasts' faces were glowing red.
  5. To shine brightly and steadily.
    The new baby's room glows with bright, loving colors.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  6. (transitive) To make hot; to flush.
  7. (intransitive) To feel hot; to have a burning sensation, as of the skin, from friction, exercise, etc.; to burn.
    • 1713, Joseph Addison, Cato, published 1712, [Act 3, scene 5]:
      Did not his temples glow / In the same sultry winds and scorching heats?
    • 1727, John Gay, Sweet William's Farewell to Black-eyed Susan
      The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands.

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Noun[edit]

glow (countable and uncountable, plural glows)

  1. The state of a glowing object.
    • 1994, Stephen Fry, chapter 2, in The Hippopotamus:
      The door of the twins' room opposite was open; a twenty-watt night-light threw a weak yellow glow into the passageway. David could hear the twins breathing in time with each other.
  2. The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.
  3. The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).
    He had a bright red glow on his face.

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English glīwian.

Verb[edit]

glow

  1. Alternative form of glewen (to play music, have fun).

Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French gluer.

Verb[edit]

glow

  1. Alternative form of glewen (to glue).