\ ˈglō How to pronounce glow (audio) \
glowed; glowing; glows

Definition of glow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine with or as if with an intense heat embers glowing in the darkness
b(1) : to have a rich warm typically ruddy color cheeks glowing with health
(2) : flush, blush the children glowed with excitement
2a : to experience a sensation of or as if of heat glowing with rage
b : to show exuberance or elation glow with pride



Definition of glow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : brightness or warmth of color especially : redness
2a : warmth of feeling or emotion
b : a sensation of warmth the drug produces a sustained glow
3a : the state of glowing with heat and light
b : light such as is emitted by a solid body heated to luminosity : incandescence

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Examples of glow in a Sentence

Verb The coals glowed in the fireplace. The fireplace glowed with the dying coals. This toy glows in the dark. Noun We could see the glow of the lamp in the window. The town's lights cast a glow on the horizon. the rosy glow of health He felt a glow as he remembered the day they first met. Their problems were all forgotten in the glow of victory. She felt the glow from the fireplace.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Protect your skin while enhancing your summer glow with bestselling SPF makeup from Cover FX. Erin Parker, Glamour, "14 Best 4th of July Sales in Beauty for 2020," 30 June 2020 Hike under the green corn moon: Get your moon glow on from 9 to 11 p.m. cleveland, "View art and launch rockets to get your summer started: Valley Views," 29 June 2020 The company says the product is designed to improve skin barrier function, improve skin firmness and smoothen skin texture – all of which help enhance radiance and glow, as represented in advertising and communication. Josh Peter, USA TODAY, "Unilever to stop promoting 'whitening' features, rename Fair & Lovely products," 25 June 2020 That’s because calcite, the white mineral that makes up hard eggshells, would glow vivid pink to a dinosaur’s eyes. Pete Mcbride, National Geographic, "What did dinosaur eggs look like?," 17 June 2020 The atmospheres of planets including Earth and Mars glow constantly during both day and night as sunlight interacts with atoms and molecules within the atmosphere. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "New study discovers green glow in the atmosphere of Mars," 18 June 2020 But when campfires glow against dark African nights, the appeal of the classics dominates hunters’ dreams and conversations. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The Most Iconic Rifles and Cartridges from African Safaris," 11 June 2020 The gauges are black on white during the day, but the numerals glow orange at night. Bradley Nevin, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML55 Brings AMG into the SUV Fold," 3 June 2020 Anna Kollak, a driving instructor, had tricked out her teaching car with confetti, glow sticks and Christmas lights. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Germany Has Kept Nightlife Alive During Coronavirus With the Help of This Drive-in Disco," 2 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Bring me your bottle rockets, your glow worms, your roman candles – yearning to breathe free. Kathrine Nero, The Enquirer, "Coffee Break with Kathrine: Fireworks? No thanks.," 4 July 2020 Ditto for some of the lighting, which, as captured, occasionally casts an eerie blue glow onto the performers. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Hamilton' at home: Disney+ gives fans a front-row seat worth waiting for," 30 June 2020 This time of year, the Portland Rose Festival Foundation should be basking in a post-festival glow, but due to the coronavirus pandemic that upended the 2020 event, the organization is now working to stay afloat. oregonlive, "Rose Festival employees to be furloughed, parades officially canceled for 2020," 29 June 2020 Onlookers cheered in the glow and held up their phones to take pictures. Ashley Mears, The Economist, "Stories of an extraordinary world The secret economics of a VIP party," 26 June 2020 The sudden move made the surrounding gas glow even brighter—bright enough for telescopes on Earth to spot a flare. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Black Holes Might Be Lighting Up," 25 June 2020 Onlookers cheered in the glow and held up their phones to take pictures. 1843, "The secret economics of a VIP party," 25 June 2020 Benjamin Moore's Warm Blush casts a subtle glow in Isabelle's bedroom and the home office. Marni Elyse Katz, Better Homes & Gardens, "Coastal Colors and Boho-Inspired Accents Revive This 130-Year-Old Victorian," 23 June 2020 On Earth, the green glow is driven by oxygen atoms in the upper atmosphere interacting with electrons from interplanetary space. NBC News, "In the atmosphere of Mars, a green glow offers scientists hints for future visits," 16 June 2020

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First Known Use of glow


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glow


Middle English, from Old English glōwan; akin to Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

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The first known use of glow was before the 12th century

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“Glow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of glow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with low light and heat but usually without flame
: to shine with a steady light
: to have a warm, reddish color from exercise, emotion, etc.



English Language Learners Definition of glow (Entry 2 of 2)

: a soft and steady light
: a pink color in your face from exercising, being excited, etc.
: a pleasant feeling


\ ˈglō How to pronounce glow (audio) \
glowed; glowing

Kids Definition of glow

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to shine with or as if with great heat Coals glowed in the fireplace.
2 : to shine with steady light Candles glowed in the dark.
3 : to have a warm reddish color (as from exercise)
4 : to look happy, excited, or healthy His eyes glowed with pride.



Kids Definition of glow (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : light such as comes from something that is very hot but not flaming
2 : brightness or warmth of color There was a rosy glow in the sky.
3 : a feeling of physical warmth (as from exercise)
4 : a warm and pleasant feeling She felt a glow of happiness.

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