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last quarter

noun, Astronomy.
1.
the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.
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  • We've got a big pull in the weights and that'll count in the last quarter.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
  • The period of the story is the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • And the last quarter had gone to the colored boy with the whisk-broom.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • It has been touch and go with you for the last quarter of an hour; and a near thing for me too.

    A Master of Mysteries L. T. Meade
  • So I parted with my last quarter and was sent to a Sheeny store in Broadway.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
British Dictionary definitions for last quarter

last quarter

noun
1.
one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between full moon and new moon, when half the lighted surface is visible Compare first quarter
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