\ 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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Other Words from glow


glowingly \ ˈglō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce glowingly (audio) \ adverb

Examples of glow in a Sentence


The coals glowed in the fireplace. The fireplace glowed with the dying coals. This toy glows in the dark.


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

Many of them also have a traffic light type display on the device itself that glows green (good), yellow (caution), and red (alert). Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Air pollution inside my house could kill me. What are you breathing in at your home?," 15 Sep. 2019 If the father-son story hits the same note once too often, Leguizamo’s embrace of his pedagogic failure glows with affection. Los Angeles Times, "Review: For John Leguizamo, class is back in session. ‘Latin History for Morons’ hits L.A.," 9 Sep. 2019 Lights in the stadium were turned off and the crowd was turned into one big lightshow thanks to individual wristbands that glowed in different colors. Nora Princiotti,, "Patriots’ banner ceremony is a blast from the past," 8 Sep. 2019 One is struck on the head and dragged into the grave, still glowing with life until the earth blacks him out. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Atlantis': Film Review | Venice 2019," 7 Sep. 2019 Just her voice, a reverb-heavy guitar, and a slow-clapping audience that glowed with smartphone lights and sang along. Chris Kelly, Washington Post, "Jenny Lewis shows why she’s a born performer," 6 Sep. 2019 The new place, in the Moxy East Village hotel, has a trim open kitchen glowing with polished copper, a zigzagging bar and a soaring arched dining room in a space that reaches deep underground. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "In Fall’s Biggest Openings, Experience Is on the Menu," 3 Sep. 2019 Here, the walls are painted yellow to complement the stained, white ash floors — a combination that glows in any light. Joan Morris, The Mercury News, "Sausalito contractor takes his floating home ‘by storm’ to build his dream," 31 Aug. 2019 For a year afterwards, the debris left behind glowed with radiation ranging from X-rays to radio waves. The Economist, "Gravitational astronomy proves its maturity," 22 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Researchers discovered that previously unknown small-molecule metabolites are the cause of the green glow. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "These sharks glow bright green in the dark," 8 Aug. 2019 All of the Note 10 variations are available in a few color options: aura glow, aura white, and aura black. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Here’s where you’ll be able to preorder the Samsung Galaxy Note 10," 7 Aug. 2019 The lure emits a glow, produced by bacteria living within, that attracts prey. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "Why the Anglerfish Continues To Haunt Our Dreams," 30 July 2019 Jade rollers are said to do everything from sculpting, toning, and firming skin to boosting circulation, enhancing glow, reducing puffiness, minimizing fine lines, improving elasticity, detoxifying, and helping skincare products penetrate better. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, "Do Jade Rollers Actually Work? Here's the Truth," 20 May 2019 Neil Armstrong was never one to bask in the moon’s glow, no matter how badly the world wanted him to. David Whitley,, "Neil Armstrong rode quickly and quietly into the sunset after Apollo 11," 10 May 2019 Large Bulb Lights: Large bulb lights are higher impact, creating less of a twinkling effect and more of a subtle glow. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "The Correct Way to Hang Lights on a Christmas Tree," 12 Sep. 2019 Under the glow of the pink, blue, and golden lights of the venue, their melanin-rich skin looked as radiant as ever, reminding us that with or without enhancement, Black beauty rocks. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Beauty Looks From The Women Who Attended SEPHORiA House Of Beauty," 9 Sep. 2019 Henry Ford’s record of virulent anti-Semitism is almost forgotten in the glow of the work of the Ford Foundation (founded by his son Edsel). Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, "Column: How MIT whitewashed the climate change denialism of a major donor, David Koch," 26 Aug. 2019

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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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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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