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waning moon

the moon at any time after full moon and before new moon (so called because its illuminated area is decreasing).
Also called old moon.
Compare waxing moon.
Origin of waning moon
before 1000; Middle English; Old English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The room was fairly light, with the glow of a waning moon, and I judged the hour to be between two and three o'clock.

    Ghosts I Have Seen Violet Tweedale
  • The night was perfect with the glorious light of the waning moon.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • The waning moon is called the morning moon because it can be seen after dawn.

  • Again she looked upward, and her tilted face was like a waning moon.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • Back of him the world under the light of the waning moon showed black and white like a great wash drawing.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • Then, without a slip, the monoplane was off in the light of the waning moon.

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • The mist had begun to sink, and from above it the waning moon dimly lighted up something black and weird.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • I should think it was, in the "wee hours" by the dim light of a waning moon.

  • The waning moon, all melancholy and mystic, swung in the purple sky.

    His "Day In Court" Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
  • But for the waning moon there would have been hours of total darkness.

    A Trooper Galahad Charles King

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