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.
Tom, though depressed and strongly repelled by his father's sullenness, and the dreariness of home, entered thoroughly into his father's feelings about paying the creditors; and the poor lad brought his first quarter's money, with a delicious sense of achievement, and gave it to his father to put into the tin box which held the savings.
They had just struck eight bells; large clouds veiled the face of the moon, then in its first quarter. The sea undulated peaceably under the stern of the vessel.
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.
I had received my first quarter's wages, and was returning to my lodgings, possessed heart and soul with the pleasant feeling that the master who had paid me grudged every penny of that hard-earned pittance--(I had long ceased to regard Mr.
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