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glowing

[gloh-ing] /ˈgloʊ ɪŋ/
adjective
2.
rich and warm in coloring:
glowing colors.
3.
showing the radiance of health, excitement, etc.:
glowing cheeks.
4.
warmly favorable or complimentary:
a glowing account of her work.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English glowynge, Old English glowende. See glow, -ing2
Related forms
glowingly, adverb
unglowing, adjective
Synonyms
4. ardent, wholehearted, enthusiastic, rapturous, unstinting.

glow

[gloh] /gloʊ/
noun
1.
a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity; incandescence.
2.
brightness of color.
3.
a sensation or state of bodily heat.
4.
a warm, ruddy color of the cheeks.
5.
warmth of emotion or passion; ardor.
verb (used without object)
6.
to emit bright light and heat without flame; become incandescent.
7.
to shine like something intensely heated.
8.
to exhibit a strong, bright color; be lustrously red or brilliant.
9.
(of the cheeks) to exhibit a healthy, warm, ruddy color.
10.
to become or feel very warm or hot.
11.
to show emotion or elation:
to glow with pride.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English glowen (v.), Old English glōwan; akin to German glühen, Old Norse glōa
Related forms
outglow, verb (used with object)
underglow, noun
Synonyms
9. flush, blush, redden.
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Examples from the web for glowing
  • Probably one would see the band of one's own galaxy, while the other one is medium bright diffusely glowing disk.
  • Their vivid shades mirror the glowing foliage worn by many trees this time of year.
  • And when she's in the space after dark, the chandelier lights turn the muslin a warm glowing color, she says.
  • Simply head to your local garden center and cast your eyes on the glowing array of marigolds.
  • Here are some of our jars filled with honey and glowing in the afternoon sunlight.
  • The letter led the family down a rabbit hole of hidden keys, secret compartments, and glowing boxes.
  • My fighter swoops left and right, dodging bullets and grabbing glowing capsules that give me extra weapons.
  • Along the back wall, coal hearths fire metal to glowing red-hot and white.
  • Her words were far from glowing, describing the food as salty and the dining conditions unsanitary.
  • Villagers brought water to be blessed, and plunged glowing incense sticks into it to signal the end of war.
British Dictionary definitions for glowing

glowing

/ˈɡləʊɪŋ/
adjective
1.
emitting a steady bright light without flames: glowing embers
2.
warm and rich in colour: the room was decorated in glowing shades of gold and orange
3.
flushed and rosy, as from exercise or excitement: glowing cheeks
4.
displaying or indicative of extreme satisfaction, pride, or emotion: he gave a glowing account of his son's achievements
Derived Forms
glowingly, adverb

glow

/ɡləʊ/
noun
1.
light emitted by a substance or object at a high temperature
2.
a steady even light without flames
3.
brilliance or vividness of colour
4.
brightness or ruddiness of complexion
5.
a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction
6.
intensity of emotion; ardour
verb (intransitive)
7.
to emit a steady even light without flames
8.
to shine intensely, as if from great heat
9.
to be exuberant or high-spirited, as from excellent health or intense emotion
10.
to experience a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction: to glow with pride
11.
(esp of the complexion) to show a strong bright colour, esp a shade of red
12.
to be very hot
Word Origin
Old English glōwan; related to Old Norse glōa, Old High German gluoen, Icelandic glōra to sparkle
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Word Origin and History for glowing

glow

v.

Old English glowan "to glow, shine as if red-hot," from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (cf. Old Saxon gloian, Old Frisian gled "glow, blaze," Old Norse gloa, Old High German gluoen, German glühen "to glow"), from PIE *ghel- (see glass). Figuratively from late 14c. Related: Glowed; glowing.

n.

mid-15c., from glow (v).

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Slang definitions & phrases for glowing

glow

noun

Mild intoxication; Tiddliness: After a couple of bourbons she had a nice glow (1940s+)


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Related Abbreviations for glowing

GLOW

gross lift-off weight
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