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."

Primary Meanings of glow

1.
vn
emit a steady even light without flames
a steady even light without flames
2.
vn
have a complexion with a strong bright color, such as red or pink
an alert and refreshed state
Full Definitions of glow
1

v emit a steady even light without flames

“The fireflies were glowing and flying about in the garden”
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

v shine intensely, as if with heat

“The coals were glowing in the dark”
Synonyms:
burn
Types:
gutter
burn unsteadily, feebly, or low; flicker
Type of:
beam, shine
emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

n a steady even light without flames

Types:
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

n the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised

Synonyms:
incandescence
Type of:
light, visible light, visible radiation
(physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation

n the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface

Synonyms:
glowing, radiance
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

n light from nonthermal sources

Synonyms:
luminescence
Type of:
brightness, brightness level, light, luminance, luminosity, luminousness
the quality of being luminous; emitting or reflecting light

n an appearance of reflected light

Synonyms:
gleam, gleaming, lambency
Type of:
effulgence, radiance, radiancy, refulgence, refulgency, shine
the quality of being bright and sending out rays of light
2

v 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
Type of:
appear, look, seem
give a certain impression or have a certain outward aspect

v experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion

Synonyms:
beam, radiate, shine
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

v be exuberant or high-spirited

“Make the people's hearts glow
Type of:
experience, feel
undergo an emotional sensation or be in a particular state of mind

n an alert and refreshed state

Synonyms:
freshness
Type of:
good health, healthiness
the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease

n a feeling of considerable warmth

“the glow of new love”
“a glow of regret”
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

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