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first quarter

noun, Astronomy
the instant, approximately one week after a new moon, when one half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.
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1905-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • A first-quarter moon shed its cold, silvery light on the drama at the base of the precipitous rock.

    Chiquita, an American Novel Merrill Tileston
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first quarter

one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earth Compare last quarter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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