\ 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

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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 Locals’ photos and video footage chronicle the city’s familiar sights—the Golden Gate Bridge, Oracle Park, undeterred commuter traffic flowing down the highways—rendered alien and vaguely hostile by the persimmon glow. Kelsey Rexroat, The New Yorker, "The Day the San Francisco Sky Turned Orange," 20 Apr. 2021 Elijah Collins improving One player Tucker did glow about was running back Elijah Collins. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football scrimmages again; will fans be allowed at spring game?," 13 Apr. 2021 Above the counter in the new shop hang wire baskets filled with green and red apples, oranges, lemons and limes that glow like jewels. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Former Raven Gerrard Sheppard, sister Shanae expand their Sunset Raw Juice Bar business into Fulton," 10 Apr. 2021 Their half-circle design allows the bulbs to glow bright and bring lots of light to your outdoor space. Southern Living, "11 Outdoor String Light Sets from Amazon That Will Transform Your Porch," 9 Apr. 2021 King Pong, which occupies 1,300 square feet at 90 Court St., has three ping pong tables, including one for glow-in-the-dark play, and a billiards table. Jesse Leavenworth,, "King Pong, a new ping pong hall, opens in Middletown," 2 Apr. 2021 In the darkness, a small patch in the middle of the field seemed to glow. New York Times, "Soccer Samples Streetwear and Loves the Fit," 31 Mar. 2021 The brand’s new collection, Système de la Mode, features UV light reactive prints, heat-sensitive garment dye, and plenty of reflective and glow-in-the-dark details. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "032C’s Spring Collection Demands to be Touched," 25 Mar. 2021 Dark fur covers her limbs and her eyes glow like embers. Diana Hubbell, Wired, "Sea of Solitude Captures the Loneliness and Anxiety of the Pandemic," 22 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As Baylor basked in the glow of its first men’s basketball national championship, a Waco car dealer stuck his foot in his mouth. Matt Young, Chron, "Waco car dealer offers Jeep so Baylor can recruit players 'out of the hood'," 14 Apr. 2021 Invincible looks like a pristine, loving glow-up of the mid-’90s Saturday morning cartoon, full of primary colors and big, stark motion. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, "Invincible Offers Superheroes With a Side of More Superheroes," 25 Mar. 2021 With the streetwear boom over the past decade, the humble T-shirt has also had something of a glow-up, meaning there are plenty of luxurious options for those unafraid to stand out. Liam Hess, Vogue, "The Best T-Shirts for Men in Every Color," 24 Mar. 2021 Steppenwolf gets a glow-up; imagine thinking the problem was his clothes! Darren Franich,, "Zack Snyder's Justice League is just as bad and twice as long: Review," 15 Mar. 2021 Owner Staci Cain is known for giving vintage furnishings from around the globe a glow-up. Los Angeles Times, "Ceramists. Bohemian modern architects. These 80+ women are redesigning L.A.," 3 Mar. 2021 Others saw something of a post-divorce glow-up in the philanthropic acts of the novelist formerly known as Ms. Bezos. New York Times, "How Women Are Changing the Philanthropy Game," 30 Jan. 2021 The bullet had hit the left temple of his daughter, Aye Myat Thu, at about 5:30 in the soft glow of the afternoon of March 27. New York Times, "‘She Just Fell Down. And She Died.’," 4 Apr. 2021 The bullet had hit the left temple of his daughter, Aye Myat Thu, at about 5:30 in the soft glow of the afternoon of March 27., "‘She just fell down. And she died.’," 4 Apr. 2021

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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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25 Apr 2021

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“Glow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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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.



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


\ 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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