half-moon

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half-moon

1. the moon at first or last quarter when half its face is illuminated
2. the time at which a half-moon occurs
3. Anatomy a nontechnical name for lunula

half-moon

[′haf ‚mün]
(astronomy)
The moon as seen in the first quarter and the last quarter.

half-moon

A roughly crescent-shaped fortification outwork. Also see ravelin.
References in classic literature ?
of the above reflections, made partly as I dressed and partly in the hansom on the way to Half-moon Street.
Its fiery rays dispelled the clinging vapors, and there, before our eyes, like a picture, lay the shrimp fleet, spread out in a great half-moon, the tips of the crescent fully three miles apart, and each junk moored fast to the buoy of a shrimp-net.
As we passed the point the whole cove burst upon our view, a half-moon of white sandy beach upon which broke a huge surf, and which was covered with myriads of seals.
Between the two gates was a half-moon of shrubs, to the left of the steps a conservatory, and to their right the walk leading to the tradesmen's entrance and the back premises; here also was the pantry window, of which more anon.