Definition of half-moon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhaf ˌmo͞on/


1The moon when only half of its illuminated surface is visible from the earth; the first or last quarter.
Example sentences
  • It's lovely out here - the night is calm, the lake is black and still, illuminated by the bright half-moon, and the trees seem to glow.
  • One part of the exercise involved night skiing across the Snowy River illuminated by half-moon on a cold, clear night.
  • The mechanics have packed up and gone to bed before I end my day, shivering in the chill of the desert night under a vast array of stars, the half-moon lighting up the sand, the tents and the vehicles all around.
1.1The time when a half-moon occurs.
Example sentences
  • Weaker tides occur at half-moon, when the sun and Moon are 90° apart.
  • It had been about a week since the half-moon and everything seemed peaceful except for one demon attack where they got a Silver Life Jewel shard, which Katia fused into the rest of the shard that she had collected.
  • A half-moon after she revealed herself to him, they conceived a child.
1.2A semicircular or crescent-shaped object: [as modifier]: half-moon spectacles
More example sentences
  • In one hypnotic turn, the performers hopped on skateboards and lazily circled the theater risers, becoming visible in half-moons as they rolled out in front of the audience and then disappearing again.
  • Fold the dough circle in half to form a half-moon.
  • Begin removing three half-moon mounting bolts from each side, set half moons and bolts aside.

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Syllabification: half-moon

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