\ 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

Still, for better or worse, the glowing canopy and light-box signs, the floating fluorescent oasis on the highway’s horizon, is disappearing, and with it, a special part of our — and my — world. Tony Rehagen,, "Farewell to hot dog rollers and roadside chats: an elegy for the American gas station," 11 July 2019 Both RTX Super cards earned glowing reviews and our Editors’ Choice award for moving the price-to-performance bar so much. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Nvidia's leveled-up GeForce RTX 2060 Super and RTX 2070 Super hit the streets today," 9 July 2019 At Hotel Le Louis Versailles Château, mixologists behind a glowing circular bar whip up cocktails riffing on royalty. And Gareth Jones, National Geographic, "Here’s why Versailles will blow your mind—and how to visit," 9 July 2019 Far From Home, buoyed by glowing reviews and stellar audience exit scores, was able to avoid the franchise fatigue that has plagued a slew of other franchise installments this summer. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: How 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Beat Franchise Fatigue," 8 July 2019 The two glowing eyes are actually two distant galaxies. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Hubble spies a spiral galaxy blooming like roses 70 million light-years away," 8 July 2019 As the glowing red final credits rolled in, online, people were having fun with the idea that the song could have cost us these two characters’ lives. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Did This One Character Completely Alter the Stranger Things Season 3 Ending? People Seem Pretty Convinced," 5 July 2019 The black costume sparked an efflorescence of alternate, special-use costumes for ol' Web Head—armors, disguises, high-tech camouflage with glowing bits, hybrids with other heroes and so on. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "Spider-Man Is Back ... But Why All Dressed in Black?," 3 July 2019 Test golfing skills at the nine-hole pirate-themed glowing mini golf course for $3 per child 11 and under per round or $4 for person ages 12 and up per round. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Summer in Arizona: Locals share 100 fun ways to survive the 100-degree heat in Phoenix," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During my tour, manager Lisa Etcheverry turned off the normal light in the party room, letting the black-light apparel reveal their glorious glow. Erin E. Williams, Twin Cities, "Stunning vistas, modern museums, quirky shops make Reno a favorite for tourists," 22 June 2019 Moon Baby, who has a royal presence and lives in a cavern there, receives it, flies down to Earth and wakes the dollhouse with his lunar glow. Robert Lloyd,, "Review: 'Moon and Me,' from a mind behind 'Teletubbies,' has a dreamy charm," 6 June 2019 But despite their obvious newlywed glow, there are still trolls out there who are claiming Miranda’s relationship is on the rocks, and even suggested the pair were headed for divorce after just a few months together. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Miranda Lambert Just Responded to Rumors She's Already Split With Brendan McLoughlin," 30 May 2019 Red Red Rocks As dawn breaks on Uluru, the massive monolith takes on its characteristic red glow, emanating luminous hues that can tint passing clouds orange. Jonathan Irish, National Geographic, "10 Dazzling Celestial Displays—and Where to See Them," 8 Apr. 2019 Such shots are carefully lighted, and their glow is aspirational. David Thomson, WSJ, "Farewell My Lovely?," 14 Dec. 2018 That's a trick question: Because the planet is visible to the naked eye, humans have been watching our rusty neighbor for thousands of years, and there's no way to track down the name of the long-dead observer who first noticed its reddish glow. Meghan Bartels,, "Who Discovered Mars, Anyway? A Look Back at the History of the Red Planet," 27 July 2018 And as night draws closer, the computer before her glows. Matt Sedensky, The Seattle Times, "‘I’m ashamed’: Americans blame Trump after Kansas City mom’s deportation," 23 July 2018 Congratulations to all the fifth-grade students who will bask in the glow of their promotion celebration on June 18 at 9:30 a.m., followed by the traditional fifth-grade picnic at 11:30 a.m. Well done, rising middle school students. Lisa Peklo,, "Hair styling through a tornado is a mussed," 14 June 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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