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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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  • The full moon was just appearing over the mountains when I drove my car up to the villa.

    Tiger Cat David H. Keller
  • Characteristically, he forgot utterly the night of the full moon!

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • Consequently, the full moon, being nearly opposite the sun on the ecliptic, would be in the sign Chitra or near it.

  • Now the full moon had risen, and the world was swimming in silver light.

    Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall
  • He tried to be discreet, but in August, with the full moon, he had a relapse.

    The Precipice Elia Wilkinson Peattie
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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