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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. 2018.
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  • Except at the end, they were days of supreme summer, and there was a waxing moon.

    Tono Bungay H. G. 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
  • The waxing moon opens toward the right, the waning moon toward the left.

    Indian Scout Talks Charles A. Eastman
  • 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.

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

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

  • 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
  • She looked for the sun and found he had gone, and overhead and growing brighter was the waxing moon.

    Tales of Space and Time Herbert George Wells

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