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half-moon

[haf-moon, hahf-]
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noun
  1. the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
  2. the phase of the moon at this time.
  3. something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.

Origin of half-moon

late Middle English word dating back to 1375–1425

Half Moon

noun
  1. the ship in which Henry Hudson made his voyage to explore America in 1609.
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Examples from the Web for half-moon

Historical Examples

  • Guan Yu had a knife shaped like a half-moon which was called the Green Dragon.

    The Chinese Fairy Book

    Various

  • A half-moon in the sky showed her that the distance down was too far to jump.

    In Apple-Blossom Time</p>

    Clara Louise Burnham

  • The cross and the half-moon were fighting furiously for the upper hand in Spain.

    Legends of the Rhine

    Wilhelm Ruland

  • He was now waiting in his rooms at Half-Moon Street for the boy's arrival.

  • A half-moon shone in the sky between the rifts of hurrying clouds.

    Sir Nigel

    Arthur Conan Doyle


British Dictionary definitions for half-moon

half-moon

noun
  1. the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
  2. the time at which a half-moon occurs
    1. something shaped like a half-moon
    2. (as modifier)half-moon spectacles
  3. anatomy a nontechnical name for lunula
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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