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[moon-rahyz] /ˈmunˌraɪz/
the rising of the moon above the horizon.
the time at which the moon rises above the horizon.
Origin of moonrise
1720-30; moon + (sun)rise Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • There were thrilling camping suppers 140 on the flat ridge of the hills in order to watch the miracle of sunset and moonrise.

    At the Crossroads Harriet T. Comstock
  • Reality dwindled to a point and vanished like the vanishing of a star at moonrise.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • At moonrise Nehushta took Miriam by the hand and led her through the resting camels to a spot a few yards from the camp.

    Pearl-Maiden H. Rider Haggard
  • The white waterlilies (kumuda) are said to open at moonrise.

    The Gtakaml rya Sra
  • moonrise again found him abroad in search of food and adventure.

British Dictionary definitions for moonrise


the moment when the moon appears above the horizon
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for moonrise

1728, from moon (n.) + rise (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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