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full moon

1. one of the four phases of the moon, occurring when the earth lies between the sun and the moon so that the moon is visible as a fully illuminated disc
2. the moon in this phase
3. the time at which this occurs

full Moon

See phases, lunar.

Full Moon

 

a phase of the moon in which the moon is near the point in the sky opposite the sun and in which its entire bright side is turned to the earth. In this phase, the moon appears as a bright disk.

full moon

[¦fu̇l ′mün]
(astronomy)
The moon at opposition, with a phase angle of 0°, when it appears as a round disk to an observer on the earth because the illuminated side is toward the observer.

full moon

The moon at opposition, with a phase angle of 0°, when it appears as a round disc to an observer on the earth because the illuminated side is toward him. See age of the moon.
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Then the light of the full moon began to suffuse his face, until he exploded with: "That was my other dog.
The tide flooded smoothly under the full moon, and Saxon recognized the points they passed--the Transit slip, Sandy Beach, the shipyards, the nail works, Market street wharf.
It was no longer Monsieur Jean Tarzan; it was Tarzan of the Apes that put a savage foot upon the body of his savage kill, and, raising his face to the full moon, lifted his mighty voice in the weird and terrible challenge of his kind--a bull ape had made his kill.
I keep thinking suppose Colin's face should get to look like a full moon.
In the evening, when we retire to our apartments, I shall sit in the place of honour, where I shall assume a grand demeanour and speak little, gazing straight before me, and when my wife, lovely as the full moon, stands humbly in front of my chair I shall pretend not to see her.
It was dark in the room especially where they were sitting on the sofa, but through the big windows the silvery light of the full moon fell on the floor.
The full moon was shining brightly, and the air was crisply cold.
The twilight had fallen and the full moon was shining more and more brightly; but there was a peculiar breathlessness in the air.
It was a dark night, though the full moon rose as I left the enclosed lands, and passed out upon the marshes.
Then the full moon shone out in splendour, and as we stood watching her rays, Infadoos arrived, clad in his war dress, and accompanied by a guard of twenty men to escort us to the dance.
Jeanne's face rose from her apron like a full moon.
Ere tomorrow's full moon rises, and exalt thee as is meet.