\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

The cliffs are glowing and seem permanent, unchangeable geological megastructures. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 The wind howls and low clouds worry the rooftops, but inside the Edison bulbs glow and the wineglasses sparkle and the test kitchen is as snug and clean as a catalog layout. Ben Lowy, Smithsonian, "The Lionfish Have Invaded, But a Ragtag Army of Divers and Chefs Are Fighting Back," 23 May 2018 Just look for that Vienna Beef sign glowing in the window—and don’t dare ask for ketchup instead of mustard. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Essential Things to Know Before You Visit Chicago," 28 Feb. 2018 Those breakthroughs have trickled into US stores over the past few years, consistently delivering bright, glowing, and supremely hydrated skin. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "The Best K-Beauty Skin Care Products at the Drugstore," 26 Feb. 2018 Kurtz sets it, glowing orange, against an anvil with his tongs and begins to work the now malleable material with his hammer. Ben Brazil,, "Orange County Blacksmith Guild seeks to preserve the old ways," 26 Jan. 2018 Police congregated around the car, which remained at the intersection, its headlights and tail lights till glowing and doors open. Laura Mcknight,, "Man killed, woman critically injured in Central City shooting: NOPD," 18 Jan. 2018 The Disney Channel alumni glowed up and worked the event, striking goofy poses on Twitter. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "Another Major "Hannah Montana" Reunion Just Went Down and We Are Blessed," 12 Jan. 2018 The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show never strays too far from its beauty cornerstones: bouncy Bombshell waves, glowing and bronze skin, and flirty eye makeup and lipstick. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Hair And Makeup Details From The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," 20 Nov. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

With her face illuminated just by the glow of her MacBook, Kayla pores over that most dreadful and magical of places: the internet. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Eighth Grade Is a Mesmerizing, Heartfelt Portrait of Teenhood," 12 July 2018 Mikaleah Moment pushes her way into a recreational room where a dozen or so seniors and their caregivers sit at tables bathed in the blue glow of a daytime game show. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "For three families, Tulsa experiment offers chance to grasp American dream," 3 July 2018 Sitting cross-legged on a table outside a labyrinthine cave, a monk meditated in the glow of a burning lamp and silently called on spirits to stop the rainfall. George Styllis,, "Water pumps, drills and Buddhist prayers power desperate search for boys trapped in Thailand cave," 1 July 2018 But while preparing to bask in the glow of a season the NCAA has expressly tried to erase, the Louisville players on Friday expressed a precarious mixture of pride and entitlement. Danielle Lerner, The Courier-Journal, "2013 U of L players are proud of championship even if banner is gone," 30 June 2018 Under the glow of five grapevine chandeliers, chefs Wayne Nguyen (Maba Pan-Asian Diner), Martin Stayer (Nobie's) and Alyssa Dole (Pinkerton's Barbecue) served a true farm-to-table, family-style meal. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrity "Chefs in the Field" cater Recipe for Success's first Sunday supper at Hope Farms," 27 June 2018 The beautiful face duos are available in both cream and powder formulas, each including a blush and illuminator that complement each other and boost your face's luminosity and glow. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Natural and Organic Makeup Brands That Makeup Artists Actually Use," 6 June 2018 Sensai Beauty powder blush, which will be released August 1, graced the actor's cheeks, and a touch of Guerlain bronzer and setting powder added an extra glow. Lindsey V Thompson, Allure, "Amanda Seyfried’s Makeup Artist Turned the Star’s Eye Infection Into a Look at the Mamma Mia 2 Premiere," 13 July 2018 As the sun set, electricity meters outside the houses cast an atmospheric green glow—the light of progress. The Economist, "Mini-grids could be a boon to poor people in Africa and Asia," 12 July 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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