Glow vs Shin - What's the difference?

glow | shin |

As a verb glow

is to give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.

As a noun glow

is the state of a glowing object.




(en verb)
  • To give off light from heat or to emit light as if heated.
  • To radiate some emotional quality like light.
  • * Dryden
  • With pride it mounts, and with revenge it glows .
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Burns with one love, with one resentment glows .
  • To gaze especially passionately at something.
  • To radiate thermal heat.
  • To shine brightly and steadily.
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}
  • To make hot; to flush.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Fans, whose wind did seem / To glow the delicate cheeks which they did cool.
  • To feel hot; to have a burning sensation, as of the skin, from friction, exercise, etc.; to burn.
  • * Addison
  • Did not his temples glow / In the same sultry winds and scorching heats?
  • * John Gay
  • The cord slides swiftly through his glowing hands.


  • The state of a glowing object.
  • * 1994 , (Stephen Fry), (The Hippopotamus) Chapter 2
  • The door of the twins' room opposite was open; a twenty-watt night-light threw a weak yellow glow into the passageway. David could hear the twins breathing in time with each other.
  • The condition of being passionate or having warm feelings.
  • The brilliance or warmth of color in an environment or on a person (especially one's face).
  • He had a bright red glow on his face.





    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) shine, from (etyl) scinu, from (etyl) . Cognate with West Frisian skine, Dutch scheen, German Schiene.


    (en noun)
  • The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone.
  • A fishplate for a railway.
  • (Knight)
    * tibia


  • To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like.
  • to shin up a mast
  • To strike with the shin.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 5 , author=Mark Ashenden , title=Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The warning signs had been there as Peter Cech had already had to palm away a stinging shot from Ronald Zubar but immediately afterwards the Blues goalkeeper could only watch in horror as defender Boswinga shinned the ball into his own net from Hunt's corner. }}
  • (US, slang) To run about borrowing money hastily and temporarily, as when trying to make a payment.
  • (Bartlett)
    * shinny (US)
    Derived terms
    * shinny * shin bone * shin leaf * shin splints

    Etymology 2

    Ultimately from (etyl) . Compare Shamash.

    Alternative forms

    * sheen *


    (en noun)
  • The twenty-first letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • Anagrams

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