- the moon when the whole of its disk is illuminated, occurring when in opposition to the sun.
- the phase of the moon at this time.
Origin of full moon
before 1000; Middle English ful moyne, Old English fulles monan
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Examples from the Web for full moon
One full-moon night, a friend and I dragged our hotel bedding to the great stone heads, the moai, some 24 feet tall.Allan Gurganus: How I Write
October 16, 2013
They continue this till the full-moon day called Seegahunname.
They fast on new-moon nights, and on the eleventh night after full-moon or new-moon.
Women who have husbands fast on full-moon days, Mondays, and Fridays.
When they can make the attack, they do it by night, and at the full-moon.The Natural History of the Varieties of Man
Robert Gordon Latham
It was full-moon night, however; the island was as white as day.Angel Island
Inez Haynes Gillmore
- one of the four phases of the moon, occurring when the earth lies between the sun and the moon so that the moon is visible as a fully illuminated disc
- the moon in this phase
- the time at which this occurs
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- The phase of the Moon in which it is visible as a fully illuminated disk. This phase occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of Earth as the Sun and is not in Earth's shadow. See more at moon. Compare new moon.
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