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

While her products don’t come with any specific guarantees, there are a number of glowing customer reviews of the brownies, cookies, and supplements, all from formerly anxious mothers thrilled to see a supply boost. E.j. Dickson, Vox, "Inside the mommy-friendly, scientifically sketchy world of breastfeeding supplements," 20 Dec. 2018 Skipping Wolfords in place of toned, healthy looking skin, Blunt confidently strode into Good Morning America, revealing her glowing limbs and risky seasonal shoe choice—smooth blow out in tow. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Blunt Steps Out with Bare Legs—and Winter's Best Anti-Pedicure," 17 Dec. 2018 That white-hot part is important, because the design would take the light from the glowing metal and convert that back into electricity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Envision Replacing Batteries with a Molten Silicon 'Sun in a Box'," 6 Dec. 2018 The room is dark with a glowing blue light coming from the ultrasound monitor. Rachel Christensen, SELF, "Losing My Pregnancy and the 2016 Election Taught Me That We Have No Choice But to Keep Going," 8 Nov. 2018 But Truaxe has been vocal about the alleged strife facing the company, even amid wait lists in the thousands and glowing product reviews. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Deciem's Founder Says the Skin-Care Brand Is Temporarily Shutting Down," 8 Oct. 2018 Night Lights Lanterns New York City stylist Marissa Corwin put a cheeky spin on the very word jack-o'-lantern with her three glowing silhouettes of old-school lamps. Country Living Staff, Country Living, "40+ Halloween Templates for Your Craftiest October Yet," 5 Sep. 2018 Toxic In another clever reinterpretation, Brit came out in an apple-red bodysuit with a glowing green jungle background, a sensuous Eve tempting her audience. Cara Kelly, USA TODAY, "Britney Spears is back on tour and you better believe she's here to work," 13 July 2018 The relationship between the two has been nothing but gracious as Tiger chased Jack’s all-time major mark of 18, the young cub always casting his inspiration in glowing terms, the big Bear always a believer in the cub’s ability to surpass him. Tara Sullivan, BostonGlobe.com, "Some head-to-head dream matchups we wish we could see," 12 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the warm glow of the cabin, Brianna gets to see the tenderness and love between her parents, so different from the relationship Claire had with her other husband, the man who raised Brianna, Frank Randall. Outlander Fan, Marie Claire, "5 Biggest Takeaways From 'Outlander' Season 4 Episode 9," 31 Dec. 2018 In the happy glow of the victory Sunday night, Carroll basically laughed off a question about the health of kicker Sebastian Janikowski, who fell hard to the turf when he was roughed on a field-goal attempt in the second quarter. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks ‘are working’ to keep Frank Clark, and more takeaways from Pete Carroll," 24 Dec. 2018 There’s a misconception that content reviewers work in dark basements, lit only by the glow of their computer screens. Casey Newton, The Verge, "How conspiracy sites keep outsmarting big tech companies," 28 July 2018 Inspired by Queen Isabelle of Hungary’s famous youthful elixir, this makeup-artist favorite imparts a dewy, supple glow with toning rose extract and rosemary essential oil, as well as a refreshing zing with astringent mint. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "How to Turn Your Desk Into the Ultimate Self-Care Station in 2019," 12 Dec. 2018 The glow, literally and figuratively, does not last. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, "I used all the best stuff for a week and it nearly broke me," 12 Dec. 2018 Spray tanning, on the other hand, offers you a safe, sunless glow. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "11 Things to Avoid Doing Right Before Getting a Spray Tan," 10 Dec. 2018 That punchy orange turns into a soothing warm glow, that, combined with the Suzy Snooze's sleep sounds, is scientifically proven to encourage sleep hormone production. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Adorable Gadget Will Help Your Baby Sleep Better," 7 Nov. 2018 Some of them glow, while others are paved with asphalt made with recycled toilet paper. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "The Netherlands is testing a bike lane made from recycled plastic," 24 Sep. 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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