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[af-ter-gloh, ahf-]
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  1. the glow frequently seen in the sky after sunset; afterlight.
  2. a second or secondary glow, as in heated metal before it ceases to become incandescent.
  3. the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.: She basked in the afterglow of her stage triumph.
  4. phosphorescence(def 3).
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Origin of afterglow

First recorded in 1870–75; after + glow
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

brightness, brilliance, shimmer, sparkle, glitter, sheen, glow, sunset, dusk, bloom, radiance, glare, blossom, light, intensity, glimmer, gleam, warmth, ray, afterglow

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  • The sun had just set, and the whole expanse of water was aflame with the afterglow.

    Victor's Triumph

    Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth

  • Those dots prolong the effect of a word or sentence; they lend it an afterglow.

    If Winter Don't

    Barry Pain

  • It was about two o'clock, and the afterglow had moved around to the north-east.

    The Huntress

    Hulbert Footner

  • The sun had just set, and the western hemisphere was all aflame with the afterglow.

    Her Mother's Secret

    Emma D. E. N. Southworth

  • Your experience proves how bright and long is the afterglow if it is only real.

British Dictionary definitions for afterglow


  1. the glow left after a light has disappeared, such as that sometimes seen after sunset
  2. the glow of an incandescent metal after the source of heat has been removed
  3. physics luminescence persisting on the screen of a cathode-ray tube or in a gas-discharge tube after the power supply has been disconnected
  4. a trace, impression, etc, of past emotion, brilliance, etc
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Word Origin and History for afterglow


also after-glow, 1829, from after + glow (n.).

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