afterglow

noun
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
Recent Examples on the Web The Gators’ coach was sure to soften his stance in the afterglow of victory. Edgar Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, 9 Oct. 2021 As fans, players and the coaching staff hugged and celebrated, FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam wore the same stoic expression through the post-match afterglow and all the way through his post-match interviews. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 14 Sep. 2021 The result, of course, is an afterglow known as the aurora—the Northern Lights and Southern Lights. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 But in the afterglow of the wedding, the thought of separating again, even for a short while, felt impossible. Francesca Street, CNN, 20 Aug. 2021 In the afterglow of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City, Eric Adams began to set out his mission if elected in November. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 The radiation came not from the initial gamma-ray burst itself, but from an effect called the afterglow. Jonathan O'callaghan, Wired, 18 July 2021 Any afterglow was bound to fade fast -- for 3.5 trillion reasons or because of critiques from the left or anything else from the menu of pre-midterm challenges confronting Democrats. Rick Klein, ABC News, 11 Aug. 2021 In the afterglow of winning the Democratic nomination for mayor of New York City, Eric Adams began to set out his mission if elected in November. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021

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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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The first known use of afterglow was in 1832

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16 Oct 2021

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“Afterglow.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/afterglow. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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afterglow

noun

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

afterglow

noun
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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