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emblematic representation of the quarter moon. The crescent and star, ancient Byzantine symbols that became the emblems of Constantinople, were also assumed as the standard of the Ottoman Turks. The crescent surmounted by a cross indicates the origin of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The crescent appears on the flags of various present-day Muslim nations. The emblem is also used in blazonry.
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Shape similar to the visible part of the moon in its first or last quarter; also the shape of a row of townhouse fronts constructed in the approximate shape of a circular or elliptical arc.
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A building or series of buildings whose façades follow a concave arc of a circle or ellipse in plan.
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1. the biconcave shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
2. Chiefly Brit a crescent-shaped street, often lined with houses of the same style
a. the emblem of Islam or Turkey
b. Islamic or Turkish power
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Today's Quarter Moon could see you assessing the pros and cons and considering your chances.
Yet to capitalise, you'll need to shrug off a tricky quarter Moon which could see you losing confidence or getting mired in other people's agendas.
Quarter Moon's run in the Nassau at Goodwood is best ignored and I'm expecting a much better effort next week.
Blue Square: 2 Kazzia, 9-4 Islington, 9-2 Albanova, 5 Quarter Moon, 16 Lady's Secret, Mellow Park, Sulk, 20 Irresistible Jewel, Marani, 25 bar.
Quarter Moon looked fine when she walked out this morning.
To the great credit of the first two, Quarter Moon (15-2) had managed to pull an enormous 14 lengths clear of the third horse, Shadow Dancing (14-1), with Starbourne (16-1) fourth.
Kinane said it was a "hard call" making the selection between O'Brien's Quarter Moon and Sophistiticat.
She stayed on to beat Quarter Moon, who had been ridden clear by Mick Kinane two furlongs out, by a length.
Taking a significant step up in grade in her stride, the daughter of Doyoun was relegating Quarter Moon (4-5) to the runner-up berth at Classic level for the third time on the trot when producing a superior change of gear to win by a length.
O'Brien will supply the likely favourite today in Quarter Moon, who was runner up in the Oaks at Epsom last month and the price of Quarter Moon would suggest that she will take all the beating.
Kazzia showed she has class and stamina aplenty by fighting off Quarter Moon and will take an awful lot of beating in a race that does not always take a lot of winning.