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moon US English

The natural satellite of the earth, visible (chiefly at night) by reflected light from the sun

moon US Thesaurus

an eclipse of the moon

moon New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

capital only in astronomical contexts; other planets' moons are lower case

Moon, Sun Myung US English

(1920–2012), Korean industrialist and religious leader. In 1954, he founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity, which became known as the Unification Church. Disciples are called “Moonies.”

promise the earth US English

Make extravagant promises to someone that are unlikely to be fulfilled

Moon in Moonie US English

A member of the Unification Church

Ki-moon US English

See Ban Ki-moon.

full moon US English

The phase of the moon in which its whole disk is illuminated

half-moon US English

The moon when only half of its illuminated surface is visible from the earth; the first or last quarter

mock moon US English

Informal term for paraselene.

moon boot US English

A warm, thickly padded boot with an outer surface of fabric or plastic

moon cake US English

A round cake eaten during the Chinese Moon Festival

moon dog US English

Informal term for paraselene.

moon gate US English

(In China) a circular gateway in a wall

moon moth US English

A large pale green silk moth with transparent eyespots on each wing and long tail-like projections on the hindwings

moon pool US English

A shaft through the bottom of a drilling ship, oil rig, etc., for lowering and raising equipment into or from the water

moon shot US English

The launching of a spacecraft to the moon

new moon US English

The phase of the moon when it is in conjunction with the sun and invisible from earth, or shortly thereafter when it appears as a slender crescent

old moon US English

The moon in its last quarter, before the new moon

moon buggy US English

Informal term for lunar roving vehicle.

moon child US English

A person born under the astrological sign of Cancer

moon-faced US English

Having a round face

moon-shaped US English

Crescent-shaped

moon snail US English

A marine mollusk with a shiny, almost spherical, shell and a large foot

gibbous moon US English

The phase of the moon in which its illuminated part is greater than a semicircle and less than a circle

harvest moon US English

The full moon that is seen nearest to the time of the autumnal equinox

hunter's moon US English

The first full moon after a harvest moon

Moon Festival US English

A Chinese festival held in the middle of the autumn

Ban Ki-moon US English

(1944-), South Korean diplomat; secretary general of the United Nations since 2007

moon blindness US English

(In horses) a recurrent inflammatory disease of the eyes, causing intermittent blindness

Ban Ki-moon New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

(b.1944), South Korean Secretary General of the United Nations since 2007

over the moon US English

Extremely happy; delighted

cry for the moon US English

Ask for what is unattainable or impossible

once in a blue moon US English

Very rarely

the man in the moon US English

The imagined likeness of a face seen on the surface of a full moon

Heat-Moon, William Least US English

(1939-), US writer, of Osage ancestry; also known as William Trogdon. Notable works: Blue Highways (1982), PrairyErth (1991), River-Horse (1999), and Roads to Quoz (2008)

bay5 US English

(Of a dog, especially a large one) bark or howl loudly

the moon in moon US English

Anything that one could desire

moonbat US English

A person with extreme left-wing political views

mooneye US English

A herringlike freshwater fish with large eyes, found exclusively in central and eastern North America

men in blue US English

Police officers

babymoon US English

A relaxing or romantic vacation taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born

minimoon US English

A short break spent together by a newly married couple, typically in advance of a longer holiday to be taken at a later date

moonroof US English

A transparent section of the roof of an automobile, typically tinted and able to be opened

moonsuit US English

A protective coverall garment suitable for space travel

moon suit in moonsuit US English

A protective coverall garment suitable for space travel

over the moon in moon US English

Extremely happy; delighted


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