the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.
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Example sentences from the Web for last quarter
The last-quarter moon rose at long last, and shone upon the glassy-rippled water of the lagoon.
A last-quarter moon was now shining low on the eastern horizon.
British Dictionary definitions for 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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