glow

To glow is to shine with light. On a clear night when the moon is full, it glows in the sky.

A nightlight glows in a dark room, and a distant flashlight beam glows like a candle. Other things that glow include fireflies, TV screens, and city lights when seen from an airplane at night. A person's face can also be said to glow, when it's shining and flushed with health or happiness. The radiance of light or pleasure itself can also be called a glow, from the Old English glowan, "to shine as if red-hot."

Definitions of glow
  1. verb
    emit a steady even light without flames
    “The fireflies were glowing and flying about in the garden”
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    types:
    fluoresce
    exhibit or undergo fluorescence
    flush
    glow or cause to glow with warm color or light
    scintillate
    physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon
    type of:
    radiate
    cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays
  2. verb
    shine intensely, as if with heat
    “The coals were glowing in the dark”
    synonyms: burn
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    gutter
    burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  3. noun
    a steady even light without flames
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    sky glow
    illumination of the night sky in urban areas
    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  4. noun
    the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised
    synonyms: incandescence
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    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  5. noun
    the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface
    synonyms: glowing, radiance
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    types:
    aureole, corona
    the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  6. noun
    light from nonthermal sources
    synonyms: luminescence
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    type of:
    brightness, brightness level, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness
    the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light
  7. noun
    an appearance of reflected light
    synonyms: gleam, gleaming, lambency
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    type of:
    effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
    the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
  8. verb
    have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
    “Her face glowed when she came out of the sauna”
    synonyms: beam, radiate, shine
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    type of:
    appear, look, seem
    give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect
  9. verb
    experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion
    synonyms: beam, radiate, shine
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  10. verb
    be exuberant or high-spirited
    “Make the people's hearts glow
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    type of:
    experience, feel
    undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind
  11. noun
    an alert and refreshed state
    synonyms: freshness
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    type of:
    good health, healthiness
    the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
  12. noun
    a feeling of considerable warmth
    “the glow of new love”
    “a glow of regret”
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    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
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