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Language: Old English
Origin: glowan

glow

2 verb
     
glow2 [intransitive]
1 to produce or reflect a soft steady light [= shine]:
The bedside lamp glowed dimly.
The fireplace was still glowing with the remains of last night's fire.
The red tip of his cigarette was glowing in the dark.
see usage note gleam1
2 if your face or body glows, it is pink or hot because you are healthy, have been doing exercise, or are feeling a strong emotion
glow with
She looked exceptionally well, glowing with health.
3

glow with pride/joy/pleasure etc

to look very happy because you feel proud etc:
She gazed up at him, glowing with happiness.
4 if something glows with a quality or colour, it is attractive and has strong colours
glow with
The interior of the house glowed with colour, warmth, and life.
WORD CHOICE: WORD CHOICE:

gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow
All these words mean 'to shine' but are used in slightly different ways.gleam is used especially of smooth clean surfaces that shine She polished the car until it gleamed. gleaming white teethglint means to shine brightly with a small flash of light. It is used especially of shiny metals Her jewellery glinted in the sun.glisten is used of wet or oily surfaces that shine The wet streets glistened.glitter means to shine brightly with many small flashes of light the glittering frostglow means to shine with a warm soft steady light. It is often used of things that give off heat The coal in the fireplace was still glowing.See also gleam

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