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first quarter

noun, Astronomy.
the instant, approximately one week after a new moon, when one half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.
Origin of first quarter
First recorded in 1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The first quarter's commission amounted to but one dollar and fifty-nine cents.

    Fifty Years In The Northwest William Henry Carman Folsom
  • first quarter of the moon it might be, but the bone was not in its first quarter.

    Long Live the King Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • The moon, well into its first quarter, was sailing in a clear sky over the tops of the elms in the yard.

    Weatherby's Inning Ralph Henry Barbour
  • The time embraces nearly the first quarter of the present century.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • This flowing or flamboyant tracery was introduced in the first quarter of the century and lasted about fifty years.

British Dictionary definitions for first quarter

first quarter

one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earth Compare last quarter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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