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half-moon

[haf-moon, hahf-] /ˈhæfˈmun, ˈhɑf-/
noun
1.
the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
2.
the phase of the moon at this time.
3.
something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
Origin of half-moon
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English

Half Moon

noun
1.
the ship in which Henry Hudson made his voyage to explore America in 1609.
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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

half-moon

noun
1.
the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
2.
the time at which a half-moon occurs
3.
  1. something shaped like a half-moon
  2. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles
4.
(anatomy) a nontechnical name for lunula
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