full moon


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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Related Words for full moon

satellite, pumpkin, crescent, half-moon, planetoid

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Contemporary Examples of 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.

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British Dictionary definitions for full moon

full moon


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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full moon in Science

full moon


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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