- the figure of the moon in its first or last quarter, resembling a segment of a ring tapering to points at the ends.
- the similar figure of Mercury and Venus on either side of inferior conjunction, when seen through a telescope.
- a curved street, often having solid façades of unified architectural design.
- the curve or curved portion of a street.
Origin of crescent
Examples from the Web for crescent
Tipitina's in the warm blue fog, squatting beneath a crescent moon so sharp and clean you could shave a wild hog with it.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou|John Ed Bradley|April 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A rare happy moment under the Crescent City Connection bridge.
The Crescent City is reinventing, rebuilding and reimagining itself.
The night was partly cloudy and cool—55 degrees—and a crescent moon climbed in the sky.
Basic Quinoa by Crescent Dragonwagon This is quinoa at its most basic and elemental.
The stars were shining when we came out on the terrace, and the waning moon still hung its crescent overhead.From Egypt to Japan|Henry M. Field
This is to ensure sufficient freedom for the dart when entering the crescent.An Analysis of the Lever Escapement|H. R. Playtner
The arc of light became an arch and then a crescent, and swelled even as he looked.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
The foot is long, crescent shaped in front and becomes narrowed to a point behind.
The crescent was thin and silvery, and the outline of the shadowed part was just visible.Meteorology|J. G. M'Pherson
British Dictionary definitions for crescent
- a crescent-shaped street, often lined with houses of the same style
- (capital when part of a name)Pelham Crescent
- the emblem of Islam or Turkey
- Islamic or Turkish power
Word Origin for crescent
Word Origin and History for crescent
late 14c., "crescent-shaped ornament," from Anglo-French cressaunt, from Old French creissant "crescent of the moon" (12c., Modern French croissant), from Latin crescentum (nominative crescens), present participle of crescere "come forth, spring up, grow, thrive, swell, increase in numbers or strength," from PIE root *ker- "to grow" (cf. Latin Ceres, goddess of agriculture, creare "to bring forth, create, produce;" Greek kouros "boy," kore "girl;" Armenian serem "bring forth," serim "be born").
Applied in Latin to the waxing moon, luna crescens, but subsequently in Latin mistaken to refer to the shape, not the stage. The original Latin sense is preserved in crescendo. A badge or emblem of the Turkish sultans (probably chosen for its suggestion of "increase"); figurative sense of "Muslim political power" is from 1580s, but modern writers often falsely associate it with the Saracens of the Crusades or the Moors of Spain. Horns of the waxing moon are on the viewer's left side; those of the waning moon are on his right.