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crescent

[ kres-uhnt ]
/ ˈkrɛs ənt /
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noun
adjective
shaped like a crescent.
increasing; growing.
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Origin of crescent

1350–1400; <Latin crēscent- (stem of crēscēns) present participle of crēscere to grow (see create, -esce); replacing Middle English cressaunt<Anglo-French <Latin as above

OTHER WORDS FROM crescent

cres·cen·tic [kri-sen-tik], /krɪˈsɛn tɪk/, adjectivesub·cres·cen·tic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for crescent

crescent
/ (ˈkrɛsənt, -zənt) /

noun
the biconcave shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
any shape or object resembling this
mainly British
  1. a crescent-shaped street, often lined with houses of the same style
  2. (capital when part of a name)Pelham Crescent
heraldry a crescent moon, used as the cadency mark of a second son
the crescent (often capital)
  1. the emblem of Islam or Turkey
  2. Islamic or Turkish power
adjective
archaic, or poetic increasing or growing

Derived forms of crescent

crescentic (krəˈsɛntɪk), adjective

Word Origin for crescent

C14: from Latin crescēns increasing, from crescere to grow
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Scientific definitions for crescent

crescent
[ krĕsənt ]

Partly but less than half illuminated. Used to describe the Moon or a planet. Compare gibbous.
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