first quarter


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first quarter

n
(Astronomy) one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earth. Compare last quarter
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Noun1.first quarter - the first 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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Then the Lion took his stand in front of the carcass and pronounced judgment: The first quarter is for me in my capacity as King of Beasts; the second is mine as arbiter; another share comes to me for my part in the chase; and as for the fourth quarter, well, as for that, I should like to see which of you will dare to lay a paw upon it.
She and Nicolete exchanged many kisses which were hard to bear, and the first quarter of an hour of our journey was much obstructed by the farewells of her far-fluttering handkerchief.
They had just struck eight bells; large clouds veiled the face of the moon, then in its first quarter.
The moon was entering her first quarter, and her insufficient light would soon die out in the mist on the horizon.
The curses of the first quarter minute of the fight died away.
31 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2006 compared with $33.
1 billion for the first quarter of 2006 from a loss of $537 million in the year-ago period.
The unsustainably strong pace of economic growth in the first quarter weighed on financial markets.
I anticipate, based on the first quarter, sales in excess of $100 million, which will be the first time we've reached this plateau," Alton predicted for 1990.
The rise in the number of luxury units sold in Manhattan in the first quarter of 2005 contributed to the overall growth of the market, with the average price for apartments of four or more bedrooms coming in at just over $6.