\ 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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glowingly \ ˈglō-​iŋ-​lē How to pronounce glowingly (audio) \ 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 Michael Bloomberg's massive ad buy is a glowing tribute to former President Barack Obama, giving some the false impression that the 44th president made an endorsement. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "No, Obama has not endorsed Bloomberg," 19 Feb. 2020 When everything does come together, the falls are illuminated by the setting sun in such a way that the water glows orange, looking for a few short minutes like fire or lava is spilling over the edge of the cliff. Nicole Clausing, Sunset Magazine, "This Rare Spectacle Is Coming to Yosemite—but Only for Two Weeks," 22 Jan. 2020 Aside from large picture-window views of incoming and departing trains, the focal points here are clear: a glowing McIntosh turntable at one end and a massive Sonus Faber stereo system at the other. Josie Sexton, The Denver Post, "Denver’s coolest new restaurant of 2019 is finally here — just a few days before the year ends," 20 Dec. 2019 At night, the boulders hold on to this heat, glowing faintly with thermal radiation for hours. Quanta Magazine, "Asteroid Rate Jumped in Solar System’s Past," 17 Jan. 2019 This may seem counterintuitive, but overcast, drizzly days are best for spotting antlers. Sheds seem to glow with an inner light during these conditions and show up far more readily than on bright sunny days. Gerald Almy, Field & Stream, "18 Key Strategies for Finding More Sheds," 5 Feb. 2020 This movie shows immune cells, labeled to glow green, moving within a regenerating axolotl fingertip. Amber Dance, Smithsonian Magazine, "Some Salamanders Can Regrow Lost Body Parts. Could Humans One Day Do the Same?," 31 Jan. 2020 The top contenders were sent to a private lab for testing on yeast cells engineered to glow in response to chemicals that acted like estrogen or testosterone. Warren Cornwall, Science | AAAS, "To replace controversial plastic additive BPA, a chemical company teams up with unlikely allies," 23 Jan. 2020 Store up to 20 profiles in the app and, with one tap, the Lightcycle will know exactly which way to glow. Jess Grey, Wired, "Dyson's New Task Light Is Easy on the Eyes," 21 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Just like cleaning brass to get that lustrous copper glow, most copper can be shined with items hiding within your pantry. Amy Mitchell, Country Living, "How to Clean Copper so It Goes From Green to Great," 14 Jan. 2020 Since most of the scattering happens in the blue spectrum, the sun also takes on that beautiful orange-red glow. Harry Guinness, Popular Science, "Light your photos like a pro," 9 Jan. 2020 This particular tree comes pre-lit with 900 lights as well, so no need for a separate purchase to give your tree that cheery glow. 9. Mark Brezinski, USA TODAY, "10 top-rated artificial Christmas trees you can buy on Amazon," 13 Nov. 2019 The researchers spied that glow with the European Southern Observatory’s Very Large Telescope on Cerro Paranal in northern Chile, and even correlated the distribution of the gas with the galaxies lighting it up. Adrian Cho, Science | AAAS, "Astronomers map galaxy-feeding hydrogen filaments for the first time," 3 Oct. 2019 The sun is dropping behind the Alaska Range, that orange glow that softens the evening. Steve Meyer, Anchorage Daily News, "Try as you might, it’s hard to let go of good dogs and old guns," 25 Sep. 2019 Still get that summertime glow, sans harmful UV-rays and for an exclusive sale price, with this bundled starter kit from the tanning brand favorite. Elizabeth Buxton,, "The Nordstrom Sale Styles That Are Selling Out The Fastest," 25 July 2019 On a recent Thursday, as a band warmed up in a dark subterranean theatre at the Museum of Modern Art, a figure in a rubber mask stood in a doorway offstage, bathed in the red glow of an EXIT light. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, "The Residents “Stumble Through” a Rock Opera," 3 Feb. 2020 Spitzer is sensitive to infrared light, the photons emitted by the glow of warm objects. Daniel Clery, Science | AAAS, "NASA infrared telescope says goodbye after 16-year run," 23 Jan. 2020

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Glow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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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