gibbous

[ gib-uhs ]
/ ˈgɪb əs /

adjective

Astronomy. (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full.

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Also gib·bose [gib-ohs]. /ˈgɪb oʊs/.

Origin of gibbous

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin gibbōsus humped, equivalent to gibb(a) hump + -ōsus-ous

OTHER WORDS FROM gibbous

gib·bous·ly, gib·bose·ly, adverbgib·bous·ness, gib·bose·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for gibbous

gibbous

gibbose (ˈɡɪbəʊs)

/ (ˈɡɪbəs) /

adjective

(of the moon or a planet) more than half but less than fully illuminated
having a hunchback; hunchbacked
bulging

Derived forms of gibbous

gibbously, adverbgibbousness, noun

Word Origin for gibbous

C17: from Late Latin gibbōsus humpbacked, from Latin gibba hump
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Medical definitions for gibbous

gibbous
[ gĭbəs ]

adj.

Characterized by convexity; protuberant.
Having a hump; humpbacked.
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Scientific definitions for gibbous

gibbous
[ gĭbəs ]

More than half but less than fully illuminated. Used to describe the Moon or a planet. Compare crescent.
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