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 calculated black holes also had accretion disks that glowed brightly. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018 Dou occasionally did so by depicting a man holding a pipe with glowing embers: Tobacco embers glow only when air is drawn through the pipe. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, "Well-Worn Life, Frozen In Time," 19 Oct. 2018 Teeny tiny apparitions which appear to be floating and glowing. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Dollar-Store Tea Lights Make the Most Boo-tiful Halloween Ghosts Ever," 2 Oct. 2018 Second is the heads-up display that glows before your eyes. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 GMC Sierra: The Truck That Tried to Reinvent the Tailgate," 27 Aug. 2018 Fireflies glow for two reasons: to warn predators to stay away (their blood is toxic) and, more importantly, to attract a mate. Rebecca Straus, Good Housekeeping, "5 Ways to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 19 July 2018 Plunkett said the glowing recommendation from her student teaching supervisor and five years of on-the-job experience assisting seventh- and eighth-graders helped her nail her interview with the Ramona Unified School District. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Teaching is a work of heart for Leanne Plunkett," 7 Mar. 2018 The intersection of luck and preparation paid off and the sport’s 13th Triple Crown winner glowed on my laptop just like American Pharoah three years prior. Michael Clevenger, The Courier-Journal, "Courier Journal photographer gambled on Triple Crown shots – and won," 15 June 2018 Made of fiberglass and rebar by Kerry Caufield, the bat is appropriately foreboding, especially at night when its eyes glow red. Jeffrey Lee Puckett, The Courier-Journal, "10 fun (and weird) facts about Louisville you probably didn't know," 18 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the closing days, Kemp basked in Trump’s glow, pulling out of a debate to attend a Sunday rally that drew thousands of boisterous Republicans to central Georgia to see Trump deplane from Air Force One. Bill Barrow, The Seattle Times, "Ballot count not yet finished in Georgia governor’s race," 7 Nov. 2018 Flickering candles—some, enclosed in glass, others, of the tea variety, gave each table a warm glow. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "How an Industrial Space in Brooklyn Was Transformed for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards Dinner," 6 Nov. 2018 Another way to get even more bang for your (surprisingly small) buck? Dab the stuff on your highlight points to give you powder highlighter a glossier, more luminous glow. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez’s Makeup Artist Mixes Aquaphor with Eyeshadow," 19 Sep. 2018 So the light that the atmosphere projects on the Moon is red, giving it that bloody glow. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to see Friday’s lunar eclipse, the longest one this century," 26 July 2018 Chunks of pure Himalayan salt are placed over a lightbulb to create the geometric pieces, which give off a mesmerizing orange glow. Rebecca Shinners, Country Living, "The Salt Lamps Everyone Is Obsessed With Are 35% off Today," 17 July 2018 This all-in-one kit promises to stay true to its name and give you a proper glow up in minutes. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Maybelline New York Just Launched Exclusive Beauty Bundles for Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 Following in her mommy's footsteps, she was given a budget-friendly glow with the $9 Blacklight Highlight Palette from BH Cosmetics. refinery29.com, "Cardi B Is Making "Bump Strobing" A Thing — & It's Delightfully Extra," 11 July 2018 Bright red chairs and antique-gold-tone light fixtures also help give the space a roseate glow. Kate Washington, sacbee, "It’s good to be back: Celestin’s revives its particular brand of gumbo and grace," 22 June 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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