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[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf-/
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
the phase of the moon at this time.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
Origin of half-moon
late Middle English
late Middle English word dating back to 1375-1425

Half Moon

the ship in which Henry Hudson made his voyage to explore America in 1609. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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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.

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

    In Apple-Blossom Time

    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.

    The Twelfth Hour

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

    Sir Nigel Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Some have perforations in the shape of a half-moon (fig. 250).

    Primitive Man Louis Figuier
  • Adam is either the half-moon or the familiar man in the moon.

  • Grant saw that this half-moon was the key of the Confederate position.

  • They called the half-moon a bird on account of its spreading sails.

    The Story of the Thirteen Colonies

    H. A. (Hlne Adeline) Guerber
  • The shield is circular, with a half-moon cut out at the bottom.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for half-moon


the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
the time at which a half-moon occurs
  1. something shaped like a half-moon
  2. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for lunula
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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