last quarter


noun Astronomy.

the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.

Nearby words

  1. last minute,
  2. last name,
  3. last of the mohicans, the,
  4. last out,
  5. last post,
  6. last resort,
  7. last rites,
  8. last straw,
  9. last straw, the,
  10. last supper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for last quarter

  • The last-quarter moon rose at long last, and shone upon the glassy-rippled water of the lagoon.

    Creatures of the Abyss|Murray Leinster
  • A last-quarter moon was now shining low on the eastern horizon.

    Creatures of the Abyss|Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for last quarter

last quarter


one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between full moon and new moon, when half the lighted surface is visibleCompare first quarter
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