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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Definitions for afterglow

  1. the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.: She basked in the afterglow of her stage triumph.
  2. the glow frequently seen in the sky after sunset; afterlight.
  3. a second or secondary glow, as in heated metal before it ceases to become incandescent.

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Citations for afterglow
He sat gazing incredulously at the face of his wife, on which the afterglow of her laugh still enchantingly lingered. Edith Wharton, The Buccaneers, 1938
That was when you found out what a man was really like, in the afterglow of dinner, when he was digesting ... T. C. Boyle, "What Separates Us from the Animals," Harper's, October 2010
Origin of afterglow
1870-1875
Afterglow was first recorded in the 1870s.