crescent

[kres-uh nt]

noun

adjective

shaped like a crescent.
increasing; growing.

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
Related formscres·cen·tic [kri-sen-tik] /krɪˈsɛn tɪk/, adjectivesub·cres·cen·tic, adjective
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Related Words for crescentic

bowed, concave, convex, curved, crescentic, falcate, semicircular

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British Dictionary definitions for crescentic

crescent

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 Formscrescentic (krəˈsɛntɪk), adjective

Word Origin for crescent

C14: from Latin crescēns increasing, from crescere to grow
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Word Origin and History for crescentic

crescent

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

crescentic in Medicine

crescent

[krĕsənt]

n.

Something having concave and convex edges terminating in points.

adj.

Crescent-shaped.
Related formscres•centic (krə-sĕntĭk) adj.
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crescentic in Science

crescent

[krĕsənt]

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