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glow (v.)

Old English glowan "to glow, shine as if red-hot," from Proto-Germanic *glo- (source also of Old Saxon gloian, Old Frisian gled "glow, blaze," Old Norse gloa, Old High German gluoen, German glühen "to glow, glitter, shine"), from PIE root *ghel- (2) "to shine," with derivatives referring to bright materials and gold. Figuratively from late 14c. Related: Glowed; glowing. Swedish dialectal and Danish glo also have the extended sense "stare, gaze upon," which is found in Middle English.

glow (n.)

mid-15c., "glowing heat," from glow (v.). Meaning "a flush of radiant feeling" is from 1793.

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Definitions of glow from WordNet
1
glow (n.)
an alert and refreshed state;
Synonyms: freshness
glow (n.)
light from nonthermal sources;
Synonyms: luminescence
glow (n.)
the phenomenon of light emission by a body as its temperature is raised;
Synonyms: incandescence
glow (n.)
a feeling of considerable warmth;
a glow of regret
the glow of new love
glow (n.)
a steady even light without flames;
glow (n.)
the amount of electromagnetic radiation leaving or arriving at a point on a surface;
Synonyms: radiance / glowing
glow (n.)
an appearance of reflected light;
Synonyms: gleam / gleaming / lambency
2
glow (v.)
emit a steady even light without flames;
The fireflies were glowing and flying about in the garden
glow (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
glow (v.)
shine intensely, as if with heat;
The coals were glowing in the dark
Synonyms: burn
glow (v.)
be exuberant or high-spirited;
Make the people's hearts glow
glow (v.)
experience a feeling of well-being or happiness, as from good health or an intense emotion;
Synonyms: beam / radiate / shine
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