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[af-ter-gloh, ahf-] /ˈæf tərˌgloʊ, ˈɑf-/
the glow frequently seen in the sky after sunset; afterlight.
a second or secondary glow, as in heated metal before it ceases to become incandescent.
the pleasant remembrance of a past experience, glory, etc.:
She basked in the afterglow of her stage triumph.
phosphorescence (def 3).
Origin of afterglow
1870-75; after + glow Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Ike was right about their being sloppy, but the beacon of the afterglow gave the bearing straight through.

    Down the Columbia Lewis R. Freeman
  • 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
  • The sun sank below the horizon; the afterglow promised to be both long and beautiful.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • Those dots prolong the effect of a word or sentence; they lend it an afterglow.

    If Winter Don't Barry Pain
  • She never wore a hat, and the red light of the afterglow was turning her rye-hued hair to saffron.

British Dictionary definitions for afterglow


the glow left after a light has disappeared, such as that sometimes seen after sunset
the glow of an incandescent metal after the source of heat has been removed
(physics) luminescence persisting on the screen of a cathode-ray tube or in a gas-discharge tube after the power supply has been disconnected
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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