Definition of crescent in English:

crescent

Line breaks: cres|cent
Pronunciation: /ˈkrɛz(ə)nt
 
, -s-/

noun

1The curved sickle shape of the waxing or waning moon: the moon was a slender crescent
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  • The moon waxes from new to sickle, crescent, half-full and disk, and wanes back again as the relative positions of sun and moon change.
  • Another difference between the hemispheres, which is often overlooked, is the direction in which the crescents of the Waxing and Waning Moons point.
  • Every month, the first crescent of the new moon is observed, defining the beginning of the new month, whilst each year Ramadan commences 11 days earlier.
1.1A representation of a crescent used as an emblem of Islam or of Turkey: on the flag was embroidered the Turkish crescent
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  • They take their name from one of the symbols of Islam, the crescent, and the fact that they are allying together or ‘combining.’
  • And I mark that the crescent was Mohammed's emblem!
  • The flag has a red star and crescent, symbolizing Islam, in a white circle in a red field.
1.2 (the Crescent) chiefly historical The political power of Islam or of the Ottoman Empire.
2A thing which has the shape of a single curve that is broad in the centre and tapers to a point at each end: a three-mile crescent of golden sand
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  • Let's be honest: For most travelers, Honolulu has always been about sunning and swimming along the languorous crescent of golden sand that is Waikiki.
  • They couldn't see another sign of human life along the three-mile crescent.
  • Put a generous dollop of beef into the centre of each circle and fold over to form a crescent.
Synonyms
half-moon, sickle-shape, semicircle; arc, curve, bow, arch, bend, crook
2.1 [usually in names] chiefly British A street or terrace of houses forming an arc: we lived at Westway Crescent
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  • There were no streets, only avenues, crescents and closes.
  • In the 1820s Bath, Bristol, Dublin, and Edinburgh, cities which had flourished in the eighteenth century, were all still raising classical squares, streets, and crescents.
  • Townhouses line the streets, crescents, and squares - with some terraces descending quite steeply to the north.
2.2 Heraldry A charge in the form of a crescent, typically with the points upward.
3A moth or butterfly which bears crescent-shaped markings on the wings, in particular:
  • An orange or brown American butterfly with a silvery mark on the underside of the hindwing (genus Phyciodes, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae).A brownish European moth with a pale mark on the forewing (several species in the family Noctuidae, in particular Celaena leucostigma).
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  • Now, 10 years later, the trees are growing strong, welcome news to the pearl crescent butterfly.

adjective

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1 [attributive] Having the shape of a crescent: a crescent moon
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  • We had rolls and butter, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, cabbage salad, and pastries that were shaped like crescent moons and stuffed with roast meat and apples.
  • Each charm is an alternating crescent moon and star shape.
  • It was a large oval surrounded by to crescent moon shapes.
2 literary Growing, increasing, or developing.
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  • The crescent ray grew to immense proportions and then flew downward.

Origin

late Middle English cressant, from Old French creissant, from Latin crescere 'grow'. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to the influence of the Latin.

Derivatives

crescentic

Pronunciation: /-ˈsɛntɪk/
adjective
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  • The container here is similar in design to a crescentic bowl from the compound at Igbo Ukwu called Igbo Isaiah.
  • The cusps of the middle row are crescentic, increase in size posteriorly, and are closely spaced from each other, sometimes joined nearly to the apices by crests.
  • Others resembled SRCs, with rounded or crescentic peripheral nuclei.

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