verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of moon
Related Words for moonsatellite, pumpkin, crescent, half-moon, planetoid, daydream, yearn, pine, idle, mope, languish
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Contemporary Examples of moon
There is an expanded place-name index with more than 150,000 entries, and separate undersea, Moon, and Mars features.The Best Coffee Table Books of 2014
December 13, 2014
What would it take to carry people to the Moon, or Mars, or an asteroid?To Infinity and Beyond! NASA’s Orion Mission Blasts Off
Matthew R. Francis
December 4, 2014
In June only the three days were available, because of tide and moon: the fifth, the sixth, and the seventh.Blood in the Sand: When James Jones Wrote a Grunt’s View of D-Day
November 15, 2014
In Wicca, the female goddess is represented by the Moon, a symbol of Mother Earth and fertility.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism
November 8, 2014
LADEE completed its mission in the spring with a crash landing on the Moon.Luxembourg and China Team Up on Private Mission to the Moon
Matthew R. Francis
October 26, 2014
Historical Examples of moon
I haven't the least desire to sit alone and moon and meditate.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
The bowman looked down at his feet and then up at the moon, "Parbleu!"The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
We see the same idea also in the rising and setting sun and moon.
He had discarded his hat, and lay back on his elbows, ostensibly to look at the moon.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I think he was glad when we set out for my own village in the Moon of the Sap Running.The Trail Book
Word Origin for moon
Old English mona, from Proto-Germanic *menon- (cf. Old Saxon and Old High German mano, Old Frisian mona, Old Norse mani, Danish maane, Dutch maan, German Mond, Gothic mena "moon"), from PIE *me(n)ses- "moon, month" (cf. Sanskrit masah "moon, month;" Avestan ma, Persian mah, Armenian mis "month;" Greek mene "moon," men "month;" Latin mensis "month;" Old Church Slavonic meseci, Lithuanian menesis "moon, month;" Old Irish mi, Welsh mis, Breton miz "month"), probably from root *me- "to measure," in reference to the moon's phases as the measure of time.
A masculine noun in Old English. In Greek, Italic, Celtic, Armenian the cognate words now mean only "month." Greek selene (Lesbian selanna) is from selas "light, brightness (of heavenly bodies)." Old Norse also had tungl "moon," ("replacing mani in prose" - Buck), evidently an older Germanic word for "heavenly body," cognate with Gothic tuggl, Old English tungol "heavenly body, constellation," of unknown origin or connection. Hence Old Norse tunglfylling "lunation," tunglœrr "lunatic" (adj.).
Extended 1665 to satellites of other planets. To shoot the moon "leave without paying rent" is British slang from c.1823; card-playing sense perhaps influenced by gambler's shoot the works (1922) "go for broke" in shooting dice. The moon race and the U.S. space program of the 1960s inspired a number of coinages, including, from those skeptical of the benefits to be gained, moondoggle (cf. boondoggle). The man in the moon is mentioned since early 14c.; he carries a bundle of thorn-twigs and is accompanied by a dog. Some Japanese, however, see a rice-cake-making rabbit in the moon.
c.1600, "to expose to moonlight;" later "idle about" (1836), "move listlessly" (1848), probably on notion of being moonstruck. The meaning "to flash the buttocks" is first recorded 1968, U.S. student slang, from moon (n.) "buttocks" (1756), "probably from the idea of pale circularity" [Ayto]. See moon (n.). Related: Mooned; mooning.
A Closer Look: The Earth's Moon is a desolate and quiet place. The only natural satellite of Earth, it consists almost entirely of rock, shows no signs of ongoing geologic activity, has no water, and has a very thin atmosphere consisting primarily of sodium. But our Moon does not present a typical case for planetary satellites. Over the last 50 years, over a hundred more moons have been discovered in the solar system, so that they now total 165, nearly all of them orbiting the larger planets Jupiter, Saturn, and Uranus (Mercury and Venus have no moon), with an additional four moons orbiting dwarf planets. Because they are so far from the Sun, these moons are for the most part extremely cold. Io, one of Jupiter's 63 known moons, is an exception. It is the most geologically active body in the solar system, with almost constant volcanic activity and a surface covered by cooling lava. Some scientists think that another moon of Jupiter, Europa, may have liquid water capable of supporting life underneath a thick layer of surface ice. Titan, one of Saturn's moons, may also be capable of supporting primitive life in the ocean of liquid methane on its frigid surface.
see ask for the moon; once in a blue moon.