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new moon

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  1. the moon either when in conjunction with the sun or soon after, being either invisible or visible only as a slender crescent.
  2. the phase of the moon at this time.
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Origin of new moon

before 1000; Middle English; Old English
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Historical Examples

  • They fast on new-moon nights, and on the eleventh night after full-moon or new-moon.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • The root should be collected on a new-moon day which falls on a Sunday.

  • New-moon days were days of high festival with the Incas, according to Garcilasso.

    The Columbiad

    Joel Barlow

  • Hill (New-moon) was another; he is still alive.1160 Correct and graceful though his odes are, they make little impression.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • On the new-moon day called Mannueththina-amavasya, they make bulls with earth, worship them, and eat a good meal.

British Dictionary definitions for new moon

new moon

  1. the moon when it appears as a narrow waxing crescent
  2. the time at which this occurs
  3. astronomy one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring when it lies between the earth and the sun
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new moon in Science

new moon

  1. The phase of the Moon that occurs when it passes between Earth and the Sun, making it either invisible or visible only as a thin crescent at sunset. See more at moon. Compare full moon.
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