\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



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 \ 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

Apparently, one use of the ring is to glow for notifications. Jon Porter, The Verge, "The Vivo Nex 2 leaks with two displays, rear LED ring, and possible time-of-flight 3D scanner," 29 Nov. 2018 Likewise, those with enough money can afford skilled stylists to crop the split ends from their hair and tint it to glow like the sun is always shining on it. Veronica Walsingham, SELF, "Growing Up With Less Money Than My Friends Made Me Obsessed With Having Wealthy-Looking Hair," 15 Nov. 2018 When seen through certain filters, these plants appear to glow. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Genetically Modified Houseplants Could Help Save Us From Smart Home Hell," 23 July 2018 In years past, garbage removed has ranged from fireworks to glow sticks to underwear to cigarette butts to pacifiers. Joshua Emerson Smith,, "Surfrider, volunteers prepare for post-Fourth of July beach cleanup," 3 July 2018 The calculated black holes also had accretion disks that glowed brightly. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Galaxy mergers hide ravenous supermassive black holes," 14 Nov. 2018 Dou occasionally did so by depicting a man holding a pipe with glowing embers: Tobacco embers glow only when air is drawn through the pipe. Arthur Wheelock, WSJ, "Well-Worn Life, Frozen In Time," 19 Oct. 2018 Teeny tiny apparitions which appear to be floating and glowing. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Dollar-Store Tea Lights Make the Most Boo-tiful Halloween Ghosts Ever," 2 Oct. 2018 Second is the heads-up display that glows before your eyes. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "2019 GMC Sierra: The Truck That Tried to Reinvent the Tailgate," 27 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

There's a glow-in-the-dark map of the game's West Virginia environs, a set of 24 plastic, monochrome minis, and a steelbook case to house the game's, er, cardboard insert of a download code. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "We unbox the $200 “power armor” Fallout ’76 version so you don’t have to," 13 Nov. 2018 In June 2016, a new version of the Yeezy Boost 750 debuted in gray with a glow-in-the-dark gum outsole. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Why Yeezys, a brand based on exclusivity, are suddenly so easy to buy," 21 Sep. 2018 There were glow-in-the-dark garters, green leopard-print robes, fishnet bodysuits layered over black bras, criss-cross cage lingerie sets adorned with flowers, a bright blue bra set styled with a do-rag. Jessica Andrews, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna's Savage X Fenty New York Fashion Week Show Celebrated Women," 13 Sep. 2018 The glow-in-the-dark dancers are teaming up with The Illusionists to up their game even more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "The Illusionists of 'America's Got Talent' Have a Surprisingly Familiar Face In Their Cast," 22 Aug. 2018 The glow-in-the-dark makeup was fun, but Chung Ha still isn't over the amount of glitter involved. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Why K-Pop Star Chung Ha Washes Her Face Three Times Every Night," 3 Aug. 2018 In Castine Harbor, Castine Kayak Adventures runs paddle trips on weekends for stargazing and spotting glow-in-the-dark aquatic microorganisms. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 Aside from the usual restaurants and bars, this cruise ship includes a virtual reality bungee trampoline, two racer water slides, a glow-in-the-dark laser tag room, an escape room, and a surf simulator. Renae Reints, Fortune, "Royal Caribbean Aims to Appeal to Millennials with Shorter Trips and More Entertainment," 26 June 2018 The crowd was welcomed with various food trucks like Motown Bistro and Mama Mia’s Italian Ice and vendors selling glow-in-the-dark accessories. Hasan Dudar, Detroit Free Press, "Boom! Firework display awes huge crowd in Detroit, Belle Isle, Windsor," 25 June 2018

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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 \
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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