Definition of glow in English:

glow

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Give out steady light without flame.

    ‘the tips of their cigarettes glowed in the dark’
    • ‘Her flowing, dark hair seemed to glow with a pale light all its own, while her eyes shone.’
    • ‘A little flower of light glowed around my hand as I lowered the flame down to the candle and lit it.’
    • ‘Nowadays the town is famed for its Saturday market, based in the central square, where at night the restaurants around the edges spill into the open air and lights glow in the trees.’
    • ‘It glows under ultraviolet light and can be broken down so that a millimetre of hair would be enough to give an analysis.’
    • ‘At night it glows softly with solar lights from the interior.’
    • ‘It's that first sly whiff of tobacco on the air, the steel-blue smoke slinking seductively across a shaft of light, the embers glowing brightly as a smoker draws in.’
    • ‘The leaves seem to glow with a light of their own.’
    • ‘It was silver and light blue and glowed radiantly in the dark.’
    • ‘Setting the stage for something new; for the first time ever, Christmas lights will glow in the black township of Soweto.’
    • ‘It will be able to project a light that glows in rhythm with the heartbeat of the runners.’
    • ‘He flipped on the lights and it glowed like a candle in the dark.’
    • ‘They glowed brightly, the light dancing amongst the dark surroundings.’
    • ‘The gas excites the phosphorus, creating a light that glows for 10 years without batteries.’
    • ‘It was purchased and now sits proudly on the counter top, pretty lights flashing and glowing and he still just doesn't ‘get it’!’
    • ‘The candles glow, what light there is bounces around on the luminescent green walls, and the sound bounces way up to the high ceiling.’
    • ‘A lotion which glows under ultra violet light is also used to train staff in proper handwashing techniques.’
    • ‘There's a light bulb glowing over my head that is brighter than the flaring of a sour gas well.’
    • ‘The light should glow for a moment and then go off.’
    • ‘While the fan can be operated during the daytime to provide cool air for the head, the light glows at night.’
    • ‘The city had already fallen dark and the light that glowed in the dirty windows seemed to beckon her.’
    radiate heat, burn without flames, smoulder
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    1. 1.1 Have an intense colour and a slight shine.
      with complement ‘a fluorescent screen glowed a faint green colour’
      • ‘The globe glows green or red depending on how your stock portfolio is doing.’
      • ‘Three seascapes are displayed in lightboxes, allowing them to glow with saturated colour.’
      • ‘He looked at the street light that was a few houses down, and saw that the filament was still glowing a very faint red, as the heat slowly dissipated.’
      • ‘On weeknights it glows with more traditional colours.’
      • ‘From delicate primrose yellow in the entrance lobby to changing colourwashes in bedrooms, the place glows with colour.’
      • ‘This cute little desktop snowman plugs into a USB slot and glows red, green and blue.’
      • ‘These creatures glow red, blue, yellow and green like dime store light-up yo-yos.’
      • ‘Both of her arms began to glow green and red as the ground beneath her began to shake.’
      • ‘As the sun shines in the tall windows, the amber glows in oranges, reds, and dark browns and yellows.’
      • ‘The mud walls glowed with the colours of sunset and the park-like scattering of acacia trees were back lit by the dusk.’
      • ‘Jade's bracelets began to clatter against each other and the runes began to glow alternate colours; red and gold.’
      • ‘As you turn back from where you came through, you could see the entrance glowing in a silvery colour.’
      • ‘Umbrellas, which glow red and green, and those that whistle are also in the market.’
      • ‘So, if peer at my PC tower in the dark under my desk, it now glows red, green and blue from the chinks in its case.’
      • ‘Protected and looked after by their human ‘minders’, they glow with the colours of the rainbow.’
      • ‘They were travelling along the path through the forest, with some soldiers carrying a litter with a strange object on it, that glowed dimly red in the darkness.’
      • ‘Cars from near and far converged in the night to watch the mountains glow red.’
      • ‘Why are the boy's eyes glowing red as though he'd been satanically possessed in a cheap straight-to-video horror flick?’
      • ‘Her hand glowed a faint red and touched the person who was pulling her away.’
      • ‘In front of these two a boy tended the tandoori oven - a round pit, glowing red with burning charcoal.’
      shine, radiate, shed a glow
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    2. 1.2 (of a person's face) appear pink or red as a result of warmth, health, embarrassment, etc.
      ‘he was glowing with health’
      • ‘Afterwards, a hearty lunch was devoured by the group of children, whose happy faces glowed with joy.’
      • ‘Their young faces glowed with anticipation, their eyes sparkled in the firelight.’
      • ‘When he turned back to her, his entire face glowed slightly pink.’
      • ‘His face glows in his honesty, as if he's only too happy to share his experiences - his self - with us.’
      • ‘His smilingly face is absolutely glowing from all the alcohol.’
      • ‘Sonia smiled at them, and her whole face glowed with love for them.’
      • ‘Her face glowed whenever she reminded herself she was engaged to such a wonderful man.’
      • ‘Her cheeks felt hot with embarrassment, but when she looked at her new husband, she saw that his face only glowed with his love for her.’
      • ‘A few moments later, his face glowed with the pride of triumph.’
      • ‘I sat up and leaned against the armrest, my face glowing as I beamed from ear to ear.’
      • ‘Her face glowed as she went up to Kenny to gain access to the disc.’
      • ‘Nikias grinned, his young face glowing as he charged out of the room.’
      • ‘Her face was glowing, more from Nick's presence than anything.’
      • ‘He turned to me and I hung my head in embarrassment, my face glowing.’
      • ‘Jane couldn't help the smile that started on her face from rapidly growing, until her whole face was practically glowing.’
      • ‘Annabelle's face glowed with satisfaction when she reached her two friends.’
      • ‘I turned my head up to see his smiling face glowing down upon me.’
      • ‘Hearing of that strange adventure the children's eager faces glowed with delight and excitement.’
      • ‘Her face glowed with achievement, in her eyes it was she that deserved the accolade, we were merely her tools.’
      • ‘Now, my legs still burning from the climb up this hill, my face glowing from sun and wind, I decide that a little nap is just what the doctor ordered.’
      flush, blush, redden, go red, colour, colour up, go pink, crimson, go scarlet, be suffused with colour
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    3. 1.3 Convey deep pleasure through one's expression or bearing.
      ‘Katy always glowed when he praised her’
      • ‘Overall it was delightful - Maddy, who had been expecting to be bored to tears, gave me an impressed thumbs up as the first scene ended, and spent the rest of the show glowing with joy.’
      • ‘When he came back into the house he was glowing with good spirits.’
      • ‘Real ale lover Alan Gardner is glowing with pride after brewery bosses chose his face to launch a new brand of his favourite tipple.’
      • ‘The choreographers and casting directors were glowing with support and praise.’
      • ‘He is positively glowing with self-righteous zeal beside his equally sober betrothed.’
      • ‘That is what I assumed and my eyes were glowing with excitement.’
      • ‘She was basically glowing with happiness and excitement.’
      • ‘Isabel lugs it everywhere, glowing with enthusiasm as she shops for the appropriate lingerie in which to embark on her cinq-a-sept affaire.’
      • ‘The teachers must be glowing with pride from the praise they've garnered.’
      • ‘The sweet little Kiwi chalet girls were still glowing with excitement as they recounted their tales.’
      • ‘They are glowing with a sense of achievement when they leave.’
      • ‘Elle was still sweet and positively glowing with goodwill.’
      • ‘‘It's potentially looking like a great year,’ she smiles, her eyes glowing with excitement.’
      • ‘They were glowing with pride, showing off all their own work.’
      • ‘Even Palace boss Iain Dowie was glowing with his praise for the Manchester United man after the game.’
      • ‘Donning childlike smiles and glowing with eager anticipation, we made haste for the dining room just a few steps down the hall.’
      • ‘She hadn't been on stage in 3 years and was quite giddy about it - glowing with sheer happiness to be back.’
      • ‘She looked up at him, her grey eyes glowing with concern.’
      • ‘Ten months later Carolyn is the one worrying about work in the small hours while her husband is still glowing with fulfilment.’
      • ‘Practically glowing with pleasure, she continued over to the fire, ladling stew into a bowl for breakfast.’
      radiate, tingle, thrill
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noun

  • 1A steady radiance of light or heat.

    ‘the setting sun cast a deep red glow over the city’
    • ‘I can see the bright red glow of brake lights up ahead.’
    • ‘But some of his fellow passengers looked around nervously under the glow of red cabin lights.’
    • ‘They are completely transparent (except for the wick) and have an amazing glow when lit.’
    • ‘A glow of brilliant white light bloomed from the tips of his fingers.’
    • ‘The foyer was lit by a gentle glow from the office on the one end, and the atrium to the right, and I could hear hushed voices from both rooms.’
    • ‘But it was too late, as candles lit up in the houses and a brilliant glow pervaded the city.’
    • ‘The sound of trickling water from a fountain and the glow from built-in wooden light fixtures set a soothing mood.’
    • ‘Far in the back of his throat was a glimmer of light, a pale glow that illuminated his teeth and palate.’
    • ‘Television footage shown by public broadcaster NHK showed a red glow lighting up the night sky from the eruption.’
    • ‘She gazed at the yellow glow emanating from the light fixture.’
    • ‘The dazzling downtown locations are massive, dominated by skyscrapers whose light bathes the streets in a radiant glow.’
    • ‘I see the glint off its silver sides, the red glow where re-entry has heated it to some high temperature.’
    • ‘A red glow lit up the horizon to the south where another city drowned in flames.’
    • ‘For example, if a metal object was being heated, a red glow gradually turned to white as the temperature increased.’
    • ‘He frantically dug faster and after several minutes identified a glow as the helmet light.’
    • ‘The bridge is still bathed in the red glow of the emergency lighting.’
    • ‘There was no sound that I could detect and the objects maintained a steady glow - with no blinking lights.’
    • ‘But then, in the corner of my eye, I catch the red glow of brake lights behind me.’
    • ‘There were lit candles all over, making the room glow in a golden light.’
    • ‘Firefighters described a red glow lighting up the sky when they arrived at Shuttlewood Boatyard, Waterside Road, Pagglesham.’
    radiance, light, brightness, luminosity, shine, gleam, glimmer, incandescence, phosphorescence, luminescence
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    1. 1.1 A feeling of warmth in the face or body.
      ‘he could feel the brandy filling him with a warm glow’
      • ‘The liquid burned his insides, but as it hit his empty stomach a pleasant warm glow radiated through his body.’
      • ‘His mind was still on Myra and his thoughts of her were spreading a warm glow through his body.’
      • ‘If, for instance, we left the square feeling a warm glow, thinking we had done something about world poverty, then the event must be called a failure.’
      • ‘When I sat up again, I felt a pleasant glow spreading from my shoulder down to my elbow, and I found that the arm had complete freedom of movement again with almost no pain.’
      • ‘Coming out of the theatre in the cold and the rain, I felt a warm glow inside me and fervently prayed for a kinder new year.’
      • ‘The Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham has launched its autumn season brochure to help give audiences a warm glow when the summer sun fades.’
      • ‘They managed to bring a warm glow even to my increasingly hard heart.’
      • ‘She felt a warm glow spread throughout her insides as she looked around the small card table her parents had set up in the family den.’
      • ‘A warm glow spread through me as I thought about him, managing so well in the madhouse.’
      • ‘For the most part, the album, like its predecessor, gives a warm glow, akin to talking rubbish over a couple of cans with your mates.’
      • ‘The repeated photos in the papers would be more bearable and we could turn the sound down when they speak on telly and still feel a warm glow.’
      • ‘Your mouth is finally engulfed with a warm glow.’
      • ‘It's desperately unfashionable to like country music but I get a warm glow inside when I know that Emmylou doesn't share her charms with everyone.’
      • ‘In return I received a warm glow knowing that in a few short months I would be walking these shores once again.’
      • ‘It was such a great day and I had a warm glow inside as I watched the events again from someone else's perspective.’
      • ‘She whispered the words she had been taught so long ago and felt the heat increase, filling her body with a warm glow.’
      • ‘The sun was shining, the food at the restaurant was good and I was left with a warm glow in my tummy afterwards.’
      • ‘When Brits do well, it still gives me a warm glow.’
      • ‘Mix eucalyptus or rosemary oil with almond oil, ensuring that it remains strongly scented, and massage into muscles until you feel a warm glow.’
      • ‘I'm not being smug about it or basking in a warm glow.’
    2. 1.2 A redness of the cheeks.
      • ‘Her hands went to her face, attempting to rub the telltale glow from her cheeks.’
      • ‘Exercise is also great for skin and gives you a pinkish glow around the cheeks that send out loads of healthy vibes!’
      • ‘She was very beautiful indeed; a glow in her cheeks as bright as that in the little girl's.’
      • ‘The mug of hot steaming coffee was a life saver, and the nibble, which turned out to be a plated hot lunch, was enough to bring the glow back to my cheeks and the cheer back to my heart.’
      • ‘When she blushed it gradually became more indistinct, and finally vanished amid the triumphant rush of blood that bathed the whole cheek with its brilliant glow.’
      • ‘She was well dressed, and she had a healthy glow in those rosy cheeks of hers.’
      • ‘Pick a bold but sheer shade to give you that naturally flushed, healthy looking glow.’
      • ‘Doyle was smiling, still slightly flushed with a glow that she recognized.’
      • ‘She didn't have to wear blush because her cheeks naturally already had a glow to them.’
      • ‘Her skin was pale, like a winter cream and she had a pink glow about her cheeks.’
      • ‘Natural dye from the juice of pokeberries splashed a rosy glow on the cheeks.’
      • ‘Nicola's cheeks had a healthy glow to them now, a glow that had not been there when he first saw her.’
      flush, blush, rosiness, pinkness, redness, crimson, scarlet, reddening, ruddiness, high colour
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    3. 1.3 A strong feeling of pleasure or well-being.
      ‘with a glow of pride, Mildred walked away’
      • ‘While you bask in the glow of victory, I know what you're secretly thinking.’
      • ‘With a quiet glow of satisfaction, she smiled at the bride nervously waiting.’
      • ‘I felt infused with a smug glow of satisfaction until I remembered I had a pile of muddy plant pots festering on my potting table so large it was threatening to engulf me.’
      • ‘He felt a glow of pleasure at being right and then a shiver of fear as he remembered the deaths that the case had caused.’
      • ‘In A Little Learning Evelyn recalls childhood as ‘an even glow of happiness’.’
      • ‘They will appear similar to the way you remember them but with the glow of health and happiness.’
      • ‘What you encounter is a glow of contentment which stops a safe distance from self-satisfaction; from such a happy condition the book takes its tone.’
      • ‘And, as we cheered him around the country, in a sense we cheered ourselves in the autumn glow of his confirmation.’
      • ‘What would bring to his little face a glow of contentment?’
      • ‘One can imagine the glow of satisfaction felt by the letters page editor on being able to print those remarks.’
      • ‘This is Kennedy's first time helping to organize the fair, which explains why he does not have quite the glow of enthusiasm that the girls do.’
      • ‘Different combinations of bows and sashes were arranged for inspection and I saw a glow of squishy maternal pride develop in my mother's eyes.’
      • ‘That diffuse light you see all around my office is partly the glow of satisfaction, and partly pride.’
      • ‘Seconds later and I was basking in the drug-induced glow of pure joy.’
      • ‘As each task gets done I get a small glow of satisfaction.’
      • ‘Sunday I plan to wake up basking in a soft glow of satisfaction having convinced enough pop punters from last night to buy a ticket to the second show.’
      • ‘Some might say the club have taken refuge in recent years in the rosy glow of their triumph of 1967 so they might be as well moving permanently to the Portuguese capital.’
      • ‘I had to be content with feeling a great glow of achievement and privilege when he said ‘yes’ to the idea of me reprinting them.’
      • ‘But surely he must get a glow of satisfaction when his music is touted as life-changing?’
      • ‘As the credits played on, a little glow of joy sparked and bloomed into light.’
      happiness, contentment, pleasure, satisfaction, gratification, gladness
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Origin

Old English glōwan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch gloeien and German glühen.

Pronunciation

glow

/ɡləʊ/