glow

verb
\ ˈglō \
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

glow

noun

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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Other words from glow

Verb

glowingly \ˈglō-iŋ-lē \ adverb

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 cliffs are glowing and seem permanent, unchangeable geological megastructures. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 The wind howls and low clouds worry the rooftops, but inside the Edison bulbs glow and the wineglasses sparkle and the test kitchen is as snug and clean as a catalog layout. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Just look for that Vienna Beef sign glowing in the window—and don’t dare ask for ketchup instead of mustard. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 Those breakthroughs have trickled into US stores over the past few years, consistently delivering bright, glowing, and supremely hydrated skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Best K-Beauty Skin Care Products at the Drugstore," 26 Feb. 2018 Kurtz sets it, glowing orange, against an anvil with his tongs and begins to work the now malleable material with his hammer. Ben Brazil, latimes.com, "Orange County Blacksmith Guild seeks to preserve the old ways," 26 Jan. 2018 Police congregated around the car, which remained at the intersection, its headlights and tail lights till glowing and doors open. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Man killed, woman critically injured in Central City shooting: NOPD," 18 Jan. 2018 The Disney Channel alumni glowed up and worked the event, striking goofy poses on Twitter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Another Major "Hannah Montana" Reunion Just Went Down and We Are Blessed," 12 Jan. 2018 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show never strays too far from its beauty cornerstones: bouncy Bombshell waves, glowing and bronze skin, and flirty eye makeup and lipstick. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hair And Makeup Details From The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 20 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course, in my youth, the glow of the gas lamps was also a signal: The youngest of my siblings would have to go to bed, and within an hour the canvas awning would be raised up on ropes and lashed down for the night. Jacques Kelly, baltimoresun.com, "Remembering Baltimore's magical glow from gaslights on a summer night," 14 July 2018 During these special evenings, the setting sun aligns perfectly with NYC’s grid, illuminating both sides of every east-west facing street in an orange glow. Renae Reints, Fortune, "This Is Your Last Chance to Experience Manhattanhenge in 2018," 12 July 2018 Under the dazzling glow of the national historic landmark's 24-karat, gold-leafed arches, partygoers danced onstage to music by Mode Events DJs and sampled tastings from Food for Thought and Russian Tea Time. Candace Jordan, chicagotribune.com, "Devil's Ball fires up support for Auditorium Theatre," 10 July 2018 From that screen's mercury glow, the operator can map out points to calculate the gun's geometry with microscopic fidelity. Adam Fisher, WIRED, "A Landmark Legal Shift Opens Pandora’s Box for DIY Guns," 10 July 2018 Just massage a few drops of oil over your skin after moisturizing each night, and watch the slow glow happen. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 In the dim glow of St Mark’s Theater bar after a Naked Angels reading not long ago, Mr. Silver, a 33-year-old screenwriter, was telling me of receiving his first V-selfie eight years ago. Laren Stover, New York Times, "The Selfie That Dares to Go There," 7 July 2018 All these lights do have electricity, but these owners prefer the softer glow. Judy Rose, Detroit Free Press, "17 years of tweaks turns Pleasant Ridge home into a vintage showplace," 7 July 2018 Many have argued that this summer’s sunny glow in Atlantic City is stronger than in years past, especially with the magnetic force of nearly 40 new eating venues between the two casinos. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Atlantic City restaurants: New casinos, diverse independent spots create rising culinary energy," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of glow

Verb

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

Noun

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for glow

Verb

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

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More Definitions for glow

glow

verb

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.

glow

noun

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

glow

verb
\ ˈglō \
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.

glow

noun

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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