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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So much for the afterglow Vacations are important, of course. Sarah Todd, Quartz at Work, "Going on vacation won’t cure your burnout," 9 July 2019 In truth, the song’s afterglow eases the farcical ordeal of Charity hiding out in Vittorio’s closet after his tempestuous inamorata, Ursula (Ashley Loren), storms the apartment. Charles Mcnulty,, "'Sweet Charity' from Reprise: The dancing never gets old, but the book could use a nip and tuck," 23 June 2018 As the western skies shimmered in the afterglow, the San Francisco Bay’s waters, its bridges and the hillsides from Berkeley to Hayward and beyond became a living gallery of golden images. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Epic Bay Area sunset: 15 great Instagram shots of Thursday night’s colors," 28 June 2019 An afterglow with dessert, dancing and an open bar follows Saturday’s performance. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Bill Maher, front-porch music in Ferndale, Arts and Acts in Northville," 19 June 2019 The new object that formed—most likely a black hole—fired a jet of high-speed particles through the surrounding haze, creating an afterglow that was visible for days to weeks afterward. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What are gravitational waves?," 26 Mar. 2019 Footage shows Drizzy enjoying the afterglow of the win, draping himself in the Canadian flag, swigging champagne from the bottle and generally having a winning time. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Drake Parties, Announces Two New Songs as Toronto Raptors Win NBA Title: Watch," 14 June 2019 To spot the hidden filaments, two independent teams of researchers searched for precise distortions in the CMB, the afterglow of the Big Bang. Quanta Magazine, "The Last of the Universe’s Ordinary Matter Has Been Found," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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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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