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last quarter

noun, Astronomy.
the instant, approximately one week after a full moon, when half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • A last-quarter moon was now shining low on the eastern horizon.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • The last-quarter moon rose at long last, and shone upon the glassy-rippled water of the lagoon.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for last-quarter

last quarter

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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