\ 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 The pictures on the Aura look vibrant, but the screen doesn't glow brightly like a computer display. Medea Giordano, Wired, "A Digital Picture Frame Is My Favorite Way to Keep in Touch," 10 Jan. 2021 See-through fireplaces, both wood-burning and natural gas, allow the warmth and glow to be enjoyed from both inside and outside. Richard A. Marini,, "The 6 hottest trends in outdoor fireplaces," 9 Oct. 2020 Givenchy’s gold lapels give bare skin a chance to glow. Jenny Hartman And Alexander Fisher, WSJ, "From Chanel to Dolce & Gabbana, the 18 Best Fashion Looks of December," 30 Dec. 2020 Unlike some moisture boosters that penetrate skin, polyglutamic acid is a larger molecule that sits on top, which helps skin glow and increases luminosity (like a natural highlighter!). Katie Berohn, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Polyglutamic Acid, Your Skin's New Hero Hydrator," 29 Dec. 2020 If the sample doesn’t glow by 40 cycles, the result is considered negative. Will Knight, Wired, "I Tested Positive for Covid-19. What Does That Really Mean?," 11 Dec. 2020 Give yours that Glossier glow with the Perfect Canvas Set, a four-step system including its Super Bounce serum, Priming Moisturizer, Perfecting Skin Tint and Balm Dotcom. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Glossier is offering 25% off everything through Cyber Monday," 27 Nov. 2020 For example, a gene that causes a certain species of jellyfish to glow green can be extracted and placed into the genome of another animal, like a fish, which then also glows green. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "Dow 30,000, Yellen 2021 (Warnings Apply)," 24 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, a reverse shockwave moved inward, causing hydrogen molecules (rather than atoms) to also become excited and glow in the ultraviolet regime. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "When stars collide: Solving the 16-year mystery of the Blue Ring Nebula," 18 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From the perspective of failing democracies the world over, the U.S. is still the shining city on the hill, even if the glow may have dimmed in the Trump years. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, "Save the Sarcasm for Other Democracies. America Is Fine," 11 Jan. 2021 After a glow of hope when the first vaccines were approved last month, the nation's inoculation campaign has gotten off to a slow start. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Zeke Miller, Chron, "With virus surging, Biden to speed release of COVID vaccines," 10 Jan. 2021 After a glow of hope when the first vaccines were approved last month, the nation's inoculation campaign has gotten off to a slow start. Ricardo Alonso-zaldivar And Zeke Miller, Star Tribune, "With virus surging, Biden to speed release of COVID vaccines," 8 Jan. 2021 As Kerr said, Curry creates a glow, lights up the basketball world. Ann Killion,, "Steph Curry’s recent hot streak brings hope, energizes Warriors," 4 Jan. 2021 Remain attentive this week since a happy glow shines on important issues in your life. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Dec. 27, 2020: Gemini, hope for the best; Virgo, change things up," 27 Dec. 2020 Juno and Hubble also spied monstrous storms and the planet's jack-o'-lantern glow. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The year 2020 in space discoveries," 24 Dec. 2020 Finally, on Sunday night, the observatory detected a glow in the Halema‘uma‘u crater at the volcano's summit. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hawai’i’s Kīlauea Volcano Returns Dramatically With First Eruption in Two Years," 24 Dec. 2020 The moon rose and cast a cold glow across an empty world. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 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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19 Jan 2021

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“Glow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce glow (audio)

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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