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last quarter

noun, Astronomy
1.
the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun.
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  • In the last quarter of the thirteenth century appear those curious appendages to the knightly suit, the Ailettes.

  • The period of the story is the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • He frankly confessed that in the last quarter the luck came to his team.

    To Him That Hath Ralph Connor
  • And the last quarter had gone to the colored boy with the whisk-broom.

    The Boy Settlers Noah Brooks
  • De great Obi spirit come down to us, when de moon am at its last quarter, an he tell us how to cure and how to kill.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
British Dictionary definitions for last quarter

last quarter

noun
1.
one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between full moon and new moon, when half the lighted surface is visible Compare first quarter
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