first quarter

Origin of first quarter

First recorded in 1905–10 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of first quarter

  • A first-quarter moon shed its cold, silvery light on the drama at the base of the precipitous rock.

British Dictionary definitions for first quarter

first quarter

  1. one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earthCompare last quarter
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