last quarter


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last quarter

n
(Astronomy) 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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Noun1.last quarter - the last fourth of the Moon's period of revolution around the Earthlast quarter - the last fourth of the Moon's period of revolution around the Earth
half-moon - the time at which the Moon is at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
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The weather, which had hitherto been fine, changed with the last quarter of the moon.
A few clouds broke against the last quarter of the moon, whose uncertain rays scarcely pierced the darkness.
Indeed it was thought that all observations would have to be put off to the 3d of January in the following year; for the moon entering its last quarter on the 11th, would then only present an ever-decreasing portion of her disc, insufficient to allow of their following the course of the projectile.
By the time Tom had reached his last quarter at King's Lorton, the years had made striking changes in him since the day we saw him returning from Mr.
His hands were covered with black cotton gloves neatly darned at the fingers; his umbrella, worn down at the ferule to the last quarter of an inch, was carefully preserved, nevertheless, in an oilskin case.
It occurred to me even then, that in the course of a few days the moon must pass through its last quarter, and the nights grow dark, when the appearances of these unpleasant creatures from below, these whitened Lemurs, this new vermin that had replaced the old, might be more abundant.
At last the minute-hand of the old-fashioned brazen-faced timepiece was on the last quarter to eight, and there was every reason for its being time to get ready for departure.
said Planchet, "if it is so, we must not despair for that; you shall become a grocer with me; I shall take you for my partner, we will share the profits, and if there should be no more profits, well, why then we shall share the almonds, raisins and prunes, and we will nibble together the last quarter of Dutch cheese.
Turner, who was the first victim, broke the news to his form that the headmaster would take them for Latin that day, and on the pretence that they might like to ask him a question or two so that they should not make perfect fools of themselves, spent the last quarter of an hour of the history lesson in construing for them the passage of Livy which had been set for the day; but when he rejoined his class and looked at the paper on which Mr.
For the last quarter of an hour she had been listening, hidden among the trees.
We fancied we smelled it when we go into the town and did the last quarter of a mile in three minutes.
For the white kitten had been having its face washed by the old cat for the last quarter of an hour (and bearing it pretty well, considering); so you see that it COULDN'T have had any hand in the mischief.