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half-moon

 (hăf′mo͞on′, häf′-)
n.
1. The moon when only half its disk is illuminated.
2. Something that is shaped like a half circle or a crescent, such as the lunula of a fingernail.

half-moon

n
1. (Astronomy) the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
2. (Astronomy) the time at which a half-moon occurs
3.
a. something shaped like a half-moon
b. (as modifier): half-moon spectacles.
4. (Anatomy) anatomy a nontechnical name for lunula

half′-moon′



n.
1. the moon when, at either quadrature, half its disk is illuminated.
2. the phase of the moon at this time.
3. something having the shape of a half-moon or crescent.
[1375–1425]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-moon - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernailhalf-moon - the crescent-shaped area at the base of the human fingernail
region, area - a part of an animal that has a special function or is supplied by a given artery or nerve; "in the abdominal region"
nail - horny plate covering and protecting part of the dorsal surface of the digits
2.half-moon - the time at which the Moon is at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
month - a time unit of approximately 30 days; "he was given a month to pay the bill"
phase of the moon - a time when the Moon presents a particular recurring appearance
first quarter - the first fourth of the Moon's period of revolution around the Earth
last quarter - the last fourth of the Moon's period of revolution around the Earth
Translations

half-moon

[ˈhɑːfˈmuːn] Nmedia luna f

half-moon

[ˌhaːfˈmuːn] nmezzaluna
half-moon spectacles → mezze lunette fpl
References in classic literature ?
Stars, crosses, triangles, squares, half-moons, suns-- such are some of the signs used by correspondents.
Tastes differ," murmured the dragonette, slowly drooping its scaley eyelids over its yellow eyes, until they looked like half-moons.
See, though from far, His thousands, in what martial equipage They issue forth, steel bows and shafts their arms, Of equal dread in flight or in pursuit-- All horsemen, in which fight they most excel; See how in warlike muster they appear, In rhombs, and wedges, and half-moons, and wings.