glow

verb
\ 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

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 How to pronounce glowingly (audio) \ 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

Some people get jobs based on their résumés or glowing references. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "This Remodeled Los Angeles Home is a Magnet for Friends and Hollywood Stars Alike," 11 Mar. 2019 In this episode of Go To Bed With Me, Carolina walks us through her nightly routine for glowing, gorgeous skin. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Hennessy Carolina's Nighttime Skincare Routine," 31 Oct. 2018 Minutes after the explosion the captain took a jacket and dragged the basketball-sized chunk of still glowing lava rock off the boat, Bryan said. Caleb Jones, The Seattle Times, "Passengers recount moments after lava hit Hawaii tour boat," 24 July 2018 Even at past World Cups, the additional time has a record of deciding games that is far from glowing. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Extra time is lame. Let's just skip straight to penalties at the World Cup," 8 July 2018 Volcanic lava in Hawaii Smoldering flows of glowing red and crusty black lava have been consuming parts of Hawaii's Big Island since May 3, and residents just got more bad news. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Volcanoes. Geysers. Earthquakes. Mother Earth sure seems angry right now," 14 May 2018 Buy Photo The Museum of the American Revolution turns one this week amid glowing praise as a vibrant and vital cultural institution — with growing crowds and rising coffers and new programming. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Touring the Revolution Museum with its biggest fan: 7-year-old Oliver | Mike Newall," 13 Apr. 2018 Under his usual pseudonym Nagao Nakashima, Chung lensed the dramatic parts in crisp, artfully composed black-and-white, while capturing footage as if seen from a dash cam in glowing color. Maggie Lee, chicagotribune.com, "'The Great Buddha +' review: Black comedy that's a digital-era homage to 'Rear Window'," 8 Feb. 2018 The reports in that case were glowing, and no one lost his or her job. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Legal vs. Illegal Gene Editing: Here's What's Banned, and Why," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The glow from the wood paneling gives the entire home an inviting, cozy feel—a feat, considering the 50-foot-long living and dining area and clean, modern lines of the house. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "So This Is The Secret to Making a Modern Home Feel Cozy," 8 Mar. 2019 Debbie Owen assumed that the British Airways flight from the Ivory Coast to London Gatwick would be straightforward: seven hours non-stop, swapping the heat of Africa for the cozy pre-holiday glow of Britain. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "What Happens to Babies Born on Planes," 26 Oct. 2018 Firstly, the colors: one of them flips the gradient of the original Twilight P20 Pro, with the darker side now being at the bottom and the radiant blue topping the phone like the glow of a distant flame. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Huawei adds new colors to the P20 Pro plus leather back options for China," 1 Sep. 2018 But during a lunar eclipse, the glow of the moon has a much less intense brightness than the sun. Time, "Practically Everyone in the World Will See the Longest Eclipse of the Century on July 27. Here's What to Know," 3 July 2018 For now, in the midst of winter, add a drop of face oil to your foundation to amp up your skin's natural glow. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "9 Pretty Spring 2019 Makeup Trends You're Going to See Everywhere," 5 Mar. 2019 Quinn then applied the New Nude Powder in 9 as a bronzer which added a natural, warm glow to her face. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Watch Barbara Palvin Get Ready For The 2019 Oscars," 2 Mar. 2019 Click ahead for the blushes that'll give you that natural glow. refinery29.com, "The Surprising Reason Blush Is Making A Big Comeback This Summer," 12 June 2018 Though tech companies have been taking their knocks lately, even the ones now under the most scrutiny were launched in a glow of idealism. Steven Levy, WIRED, "Inside Palmer Luckey’s Bid to Build A Border Wall," 11 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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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 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.

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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