crescent

[ kres-uh nt ]
/ ˈkrɛs ənt /

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 forms

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

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

crescentic (krəˈsɛntɪk), adjective

Word Origin for crescent

C14: from Latin crescēns increasing, from crescere to grow
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Medicine definitions for crescentic

crescent

[ krĕsənt ]

n.

Something having concave and convex edges terminating in points.

adj.

Crescent-shaped.

Related forms

cres•centic (krə-sĕntĭk) adj.
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Science definitions for crescentic

crescent

[ krĕsənt ]

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