\ 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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The moon will glow a scarlet color during this year's first total lunar eclipse on Sunday -- a stark contrast to its ordinarily milky white sheen. Megan Marples And Ashley Strickland, CNN, 13 May 2022 The richly colored wildlife scenes glow inside lightboxes mounted on tree-like sculptural forms. Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 Midnight forests glow, somehow, without light, by a painterly magic. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 Office lights and exit lights glow in the long empty Superman Building in Providence. Matthew Healey,, 12 Apr. 2022 Fields glow kryptonite-green against volcanic black soil, while not-so-distant mountains smoke and spew hot red lava above the heads of hardy sheep. Peter Debruge, Variety, 11 Apr. 2022 The table settings, with white tablecloths, set with little Jeff Koons-style figurines, glow nicely in the soft lighting. John Mariani, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 With cars gone, acres of cobblestones glow in the moonlight giving shape to the rusting tank traps, sandbags, and concrete blocks of checkpoints, looming at crossroads like scenes from a World War II film. Johnny O'reilly, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2022 But if both do, the buttons glow, signalling to the couple to go ahead. Erika W. Smith,, 8 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The sky west of the city, which was under an overnight curfew, was lit up by an orange glow. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, Anchorage Daily News, 17 May 2022 The sky west of the city, which was under an overnight curfew, was lit up by an orange glow. Oleksandr Stashevskyi And Ciaran Mcquillan, Chicago Tribune, 17 May 2022 Even after tough losses, the trio can usually be found near Loup’s locker sharing a beer and commiserating — just without the glow of the tiny campfire. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 The bioluminescent waters around the small mangrove island glow at night, creating once-in-a-lifetime ambiance. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 12 May 2022 That nationalistic glow extends to Maverick's courting of a former paramour, Jennifer Connelly, but there's a bittersweet sentimentality in their reconnection, the kind of unhurried adult romance that doesn't make it on screen much anymore. Leah Greenblatt,, 12 May 2022 And so, turn to Chanel’s glow stick for a subtle, lightweight shimmer paired with a natural flirty faux lash moment provided by MAC’s 81 Charmer. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 11 May 2022 Blue light is filtered out of the light hitting the moon while red, yellow, and orange of the spectrum make it though, casting the red glow to the moon. Leada Gore |, al, 11 May 2022 Handmade in Texas, artesian brand Noble Otter has nailed a smooth, light formula that sinks into the skin to simultaneously even out skin tone and provide refreshment post-shave, bringing out the healthy glow in your complexion. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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\ 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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