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full moon

the moon when the whole of its disk is illuminated, occurring when in opposition to the sun.
the phase of the moon at this time.
Origin of full moon
before 1000; Middle English ful moyne, Old English fulles monan Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for full moon
  • Lots of people know the full moon and the crescent moon, but don't know the phases in between.
  • The sun, if visible at all, seems dimmer than the full moon on a hazy night.
  • After worshipping the full moon, family members would eat the cakes together.
  • On the night of the full moon the city opens its archaeological sites and monuments to the public for free.
  • Barbara literally howls at the full moon and has attempted suicide four times.
  • Music cries out to us alone, and the full moon winks our way.
  • When a full moon rose three days after the quake, a few toads risked a return.
  • It was brighter then the full moon and did not break up at all.
  • Another wonderful sight is a complete ring around the high full moon at night.
  • Some people believe tonight's full moon will have a loony effect on human and animal behavior.
British Dictionary definitions for full moon

full moon

one of the four phases of the moon, occurring when the earth lies between the sun and the moon so that the moon is visible as a fully illuminated disc
the moon in this phase
the time at which this occurs
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full moon in Science
full moon
The phase of the Moon in which it is visible as a fully illuminated disk. This phase occurs when the Moon is on the opposite side of Earth as the Sun and is not in Earth's shadow. See more at moon. Compare new moon.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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