- anything shaped like a crescent or a half moon.
- a crescent-shaped figure bounded by two arcs of circles, either on a plane or a spherical surface.
Origin of lune1
First recorded in 1695–1705, lune is from the Latin word lūna moon
- a line for securing a hawk.
Origin of lune2
1425–75; late Middle English, variant of loyn < Middle French loigne longe
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Examples from the Web for lune
The artist turns with reluctance from the banks of the Lune and the Duddon.Lancashire
Leo H. (Leo Hartley) Grindon
In the Vale of the Lune the Danes have left numerous traces.The Danes in Lancashire and Yorkshire
S. W. Partington
Looming on the west are the wild highlands of Lune and Stainmore forests.The Rivers and Streams of England
Indeed, up to 1836, it was the only spire which could be found between the Ribble and the Lune.Our Churches and Chapels
The area of a spherical triangle is equal to the area of a lune whose angle is half the triangle's spherical excess.The Teaching of Geometry
David Eugene Smith
- a section of the surface of a sphere enclosed between two semicircles that intersect at opposite points on the sphere
- a crescent-shaped figure formed on a plane surface by the intersection of the arcs of two circles
- something shaped like a crescent
- RC Church another word for lunette (def. 6)
C18: from Latin lūna moon
- falconry a leash for hawks or falcons
C14 loigne, from Old French, from Medieval Latin longia, longea, from Latin longus long 1
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Word Origin and History for lune
figure formed by two arcs of circles, 1704, from Latin luna "moon; crescent-shaped badge" (see luna).
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