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

Celebrities, bloggers, and beauty editors (not to mention everyday folks who crave a clear complexion, too) rely on aestheticians for balanced, soothed skin that glows — without the highlighter. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Six Top Aestheticians Share Their Skin-Care Routines," 23 Sep. 2018 Also big: anything that glows in the dark and backyard zip lines based on the American Ninja Warrior television show. Johanna Seltz, BostonGlobe.com, "At local toy stores, mermaids are in (unicorns, too)," 5 July 2018 Maquia’s abduction is terrifyingly rendered aboard a defective dragon that glows red-hot before crashing in a forested land. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms': Film Review | Shanghai 2018," 27 June 2018 Meanwhile, my best friend, who sleeps in her makeup and runs off a steady diet of Mountain Dew, chicken fingers, and stress, has marble-smooth skin that glows with the light of a thousand moons. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Why Your Skin Is “Acne Prone” but Your Best Friend’s Isn’t," 19 June 2018 The walls and ceiling were plastered with LED strips of color-changing lights that glowed in soothing, geometric patterns, and a diffuser puffed out a micro-mist scented with lavender, sage, and ginger. Rachel Sugar, Bon Appetit, "I Spent an Entire Day on a Meditation Bus and It Was Very, Very Quiet," 8 May 2018 The antibodies were tagged with a marker that glows when a fluorescent light shines on it. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "In human cells, scientists find DNA that looks like a twisted knot instead of a double helix," 23 Apr. 2018 The menu, posted above the far end of a bar that glows atomic orange, reads like a ransom note from a desperately famished kidnapper: rib tips, egg rolls, mostaccioli, french fries. Mike Sula, Chicago Reader, "Old Habits is bar food reborn," 20 Apr. 2018 As for the aesthetic, long tables—arranged in a square around an outdoor courtyard—were covered in white tablecloths that glowed magenta thanks to the lighting. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen of the Desert: Henrietta Tiefenthaler & Oli Wennink's Wedding in Morocco," 11 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Omorovicza’s skin-softening blend of apricot kernel, calendula, and carrot oils, infused with reparative golden flecks, packs a one-two punch that delivers a gleaming head-to-toe glow. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "8 Gold Beauty Products for Your Brightest New Year’s Eve Yet," 31 Dec. 2018 The Flashing Lights Loose Powder Pigments are the secret to a blinding glow. Marci Robin, Allure, "KKW Beauty Is Launching Super-Colorful Flashing Lights Powders for Kim’s Birthday," 15 Oct. 2018 Circle Centre Mall in downtown Indianapolis has leased space to a bowling alley / restaurant / arcade concept called Punch Bowl Social, and to a glow-in-the-dark mini-golf attraction. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "As anchors close, Southridge and other malls turn to less retail and more fun," 27 Jan. 2018 Seeing the light in their eyes or the honey glow in their cheeks. Jeff Bogle, Good Housekeeping, "14 Reasons Parenting Teenagers Is Better Than You Think It Will Be," 10 Jan. 2019 Or that the most expensive face cream on the market will give me J. Lo's glow-from-within complexion (no, only J. Lo's genes will do that). Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "This $85 Face Scrub Completely Transformed My Skin," 7 Jan. 2019 Made from chunks of pure Himalayan salt, the lamps let off a warm, relaxing glow thanks to a lightbulb placed below. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Himalayan Salt Lamps Everyone's Obsessed With Now Come in Skull Form," 25 Sep. 2018 In the distance, a blue and green Earth also basks in the Sun’s glow. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "NASA says it’s building a gateway to the Moon—critics say it’s just a gate," 6 Sep. 2018 Marveggio paid particular attention to light, allowing the windows that do exist to cast a warm pink or blue glow onto the home’s walls and floors. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Fortress-like house is a study in color and texture," 24 Aug. 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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