af·​ter·​glow | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌglō How to pronounce afterglow (audio) \

Definition of afterglow

1 : a glow remaining where a light has disappeared
2 : a pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achieved basking in the afterglow of success

Examples of afterglow in a Sentence

the afterglow of the sunset

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Whatever the spin in the afterglow of election night, evangelicals appear to have been crucial to the coalition that kept Senate Republicans in power. Dylan Scott, Vox, "White evangelicals turned out for the GOP in big numbers again," 7 Nov. 2018 Now, as the afterglow of the Trump-Kim tete-a-tete wears off the prospect of any kind of easy North Korean solution is looking — unsurprisingly — like a mirage. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "North Korea Calls U.S. Diplomatic Posture ‘Regrettable’," 7 July 2018 Though their tropical vacation is over, these two are clearly still basking in the afterglow. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Justin Bieber and Hailey Baldwin Ease Into a Comfort Zone With Couple Style," 11 July 2018 During the immediate afterglow of the Warriors’ championship-clinching Game 4 win over the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals, Quinn Cook was overcome with emotion. Connor Letourneau,, "Quinn Cook: How Warriors guard found his niche in NBA," 29 June 2018 Everyone was caught up in the Obama afterglow for four months. Reeves Wiedeman, Daily Intelligencer, "A Company Built on a Bluff," 10 June 2018 In addition, scientists with the European Space Agency's Planck spacecraft in 2013 released an exquisitely precise measurement of the afterglow of the big bang, the cosmic microwave background (CMB). Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Reports of sterile neutrino’s resurrection may be greatly exaggerated," 4 June 2018 From 2009 to 2013 Planck created an unprecedentedly detailed map of the cosmic microwave background (CMB), the afterglow of the big bang’s primordial fireball from when the universe was only 380,000 years old. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Cosmic Conflict: Diverging Data on Universe’s Expansion Polarizes Scientists," 16 May 2018 Albright, who will play at Kent State next year, was almost at a loss for words in the afterglow of the title. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Hamilton Southeastern athlete suffers paralysis in accident," 17 June 2018

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First Known Use of afterglow

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afterglow

after- + glow entry 2

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English Language Learners Definition of afterglow

: a glowing light remaining in the sky after the sun has set
: a happy feeling that remains after a successful or emotional event


af·​ter·​glow | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌglō\

Kids Definition of afterglow

1 : a glow remaining (as in the sky after sunset) where a light has disappeared
2 : a pleasant feeling that remains after some good experience the afterglow of victory

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