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[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf-/
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
the phase of the moon at this time.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
Origin of half-moon
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English

Half Moon

the ship in which Henry Hudson made his voyage to explore America in 1609. Unabridged
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  • Half of it lay in shadow, for a wood that rolled up a neighboring hillside cut off the light of the low, half moon.

    Brandon of the Engineers Harold Bindloss
  • Wish you'd look me up—half moon Club'll get me 'most any time.

    The Fortune Hunter Louis Joseph Vance
  • He was placed in command of a small vessel called the half moon and ordered to sail to the northeast instead of the northwest.

    The Greater Republic Charles Morris
  • The river is here about a mile wide, and assumes the form of a half moon.

    The Americans as They Are Charles Sealsfield
  • To an arc or half moon is added the head of a bird, probably symbolical of the mother of the mystical egg.

  • Then the French fell on upon the other half moon; but were beaten off.

  • "It won't be so awful dark on the road, for there's a half moon peeping out up yonder behind those clouds," said Frank.

  • Her only ornament was a half moon of brilliants in the bronze coils of her hair.

    The Ranch Girls in Europe Margaret Vandercook
British Dictionary definitions for half moon


the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
the time at which a half-moon occurs
  1. something shaped like a half-moon
  2. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for lunula
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