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waning moon

noun
1.
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
1000
before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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  • There were clouds across a waning moon, and it was fairly dark.

  • The night was perfect with the glorious light of the waning moon.

    Labrador Days Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
  • Again she looked upward, and her tilted face was like a waning moon.

    Moor Fires

    E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • Then, without a slip, the monoplane was off in the light of the waning moon.

    On the Edge of the Arctic

    Harry Lincoln Sayler
  • I should think it was, in the "wee hours" by the dim light of a waning moon.

  • The waning moon is called the morning moon because it can be seen after dawn.

  • And now the waning moon was beginning to silver river and forest.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars Walter De La Mare
  • The vaporous light of the waning moon brightened in the room.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • But for the waning moon there would have been hours of total darkness.

    A Trooper Galahad Charles King
  • In a minute or two a waning moon looked out over the sharp outline of hill and flooded the valley with a reddish light.

    The Velvet Glove Henry Seton Merriman

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