\ 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

The Coast Guard still maintains 473 major lights whose beacons glow more than 10 miles. Erin Williams, Washington Post, "Beacons of possibility: Light stations offer accommodations to travelers across the country," 23 Aug. 2019 In Sichuan province, mapo tofu ⁠— chunks of soft bean curd swimming in glowing red oil flecked with meat and tasting of peppercorns and funky black soybeans ⁠— is historically a working person’s dish. Los Angeles Times, "The ultimate mapo tofu recipe has a California twist," 19 Aug. 2019 My companions seemed miraculous, shivering on the coral sand, glowing. Chris Rush, Harper's magazine, "Love and Acid," 19 Aug. 2019 The Government Accountability Office’s findings mirror those of an investigation by The Southern Illinoisan and ProPublica, which documented numerous cases in which substandard housing complexes received passing — and even glowing — scores from HUD. Danielle Ohl, ProPublica, "Trump Called Baltimore “Vermin Infested” While the Federal Government Fails to Clean Up Rodents in Subsidized Housing," 14 Aug. 2019 Then, in a window, a blue palm appeared, glowing coolly as electricity itself. Josephine Livingstone, Vox, "The best $60 I ever spent: a palm reading that helped me find my way," 13 Aug. 2019 To Mesmerise Charlotte Tilbury is the queen of all things shimmer and glow, so unsurprisingly, her pigmented cream shadow is also the stuff of magic. Karina Hoshikawa,, "Net-a-Porter Is Having A 24-Hour Beauty Flash Sale — Here's What To Buy," 25 July 2019 In a video posted by passenger Logan Webb, the plane's right engine is seen glowing red-hot while an engine part is visibly loose. Caroline Radnofsky, NBC News, "Delta flight forced into emergency landing after engine problem," 10 July 2019 Even better? All the summertime perks: live bands, dive-in movies, and glow parties on the beach. Kristi Valentini, Woman's Day, "These Summer Vacation Spots Are the Hidden Gems of the Midwest," 25 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Sometimes, the thing that catches the eye is the glow of a phone, or a glass of white wine in the evening. Kristen Roupenian, The New Yorker, "A Photographer’s Intimate Self-Portrait of Womanhood in Middle Age," 4 Sep. 2019 That’s an encouraging sign for the NWSL, but the league could still face challenges sustaining its momentum once the glow of the World Cup wears off. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "National Women’s Soccer League enters new era with U.S. Soccer’s role in league set to change," 3 Sep. 2019 Like all artificial lighting, LED lights come in different color temperatures, and most experts recommend a color temperature of 2,400 to 3,000 K to achieve the warm glow of a traditional incandescent bulb. Richard A. Marini,, "How outdoor lighting can make your yard an inviting living space," 29 Aug. 2019 The plasmon and the glow of the emitter influence each other. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Color-changing metal may provide early sign of illness," 21 Aug. 2019 The glow faded when the Iraq war sundered Mr Blair from the French and the Germans. The Economist, "Eurocrats know Boris Johnson well, making no-deal Brexit more likely," 15 Aug. 2019 Take time to walk the streets of downtown Williams and enjoy the velvet glow of old-school neon on a cool summer night. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Floating tiki bar, haunted pub crawl: 10 places for end-of-summer road trips in Arizona," 14 Aug. 2019 Based on social media images, Centennial, Parker and the south side of Denver may have had the best views: close enough to get the mammatus clouds, yet still far enough away to catch the glow of the sunset. Chris Bianchi, The Denver Post, "What was with those crazy clouds over Denver Monday night?," 12 Aug. 2019 There was a full moon that night, so our path was lit by the moon and the early glow of the sky right before sunrise. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Eloping Abroad: 7 Couples on What It Meant to Them," 9 Aug. 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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