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waxing moon

the moon at any time after new moon and before full moon, so called because its illuminated area is increasing.
Compare waning moon.
Origin of waxing moon
First recorded in 1660-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There came three wonderful days, one after the other, and between them wonderful nights with a waxing moon.

    Foes Mary Johnston
  • The waxing moon opens toward the right, the waning moon toward the left.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
  • It was a cold October evening, with a waxing moon, and a wind that was rapidly bringing the dead leaves to earth.

    Elizabeth's Campaign Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  • But, soon the waxing moon lightened the river-bank; and made the first hours of the sentry duty easier.

    Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories Albert Payson Terhune
  • The youngest daughter, who sat beside her, was as like her mother as the waxing moon is like the waning.

  • A waxing moon, half-full, rode near the zenith; and as the light of day receded it took on a surprising brilliance.

  • Dr. Johnson noted the fact that the Highlanders sowed their seed with a waxing moon, in the expectation of a better harvest.

  • And it was now so bright that the waxing moon seemed but a pale yellow ghost of itself, hanging huge in the sunset.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells
  • On the seventh of the waxing moon of Watso he entered the country of Thawattie.

    The Life or Legend of Gaudama Right Reverend Paul Ambroise Bigandet
  • That night the fires burnt high and fierce, as the waxing moon set, and the lion left the crouching women and children in peace.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells

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