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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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Perth, Australia, Oct 14, 2011 - (ABN Newswire) - Crescent Gold Limited (ASX:CRE) is pleased to advise that Don Taig, Chairman of Focus Minerals Limited (ASX:FML), has joined the Crescent Board, effective immediately.
The Chairman of Crescent Investments Australasia has announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary and fully licensed entity Crescent Funds Management (Aust) Limited has received registration of Australia's first Shari'ah-compliant wholesale and retail property fund called The Crescent Shariah Compliant Diversified Property Fund.
Putin hosted a roundtable meeting in Moscow on Saturday with senior representatives of the Crescent Group.
STUDENTS in Birmingham are being invited to take a behind the scenes look at the Crescent Theatre when a new production comes to the city.
Shifting some of the approved office space - in particular for medical offices - to the Crescent Village development would mean a slight decrease in planned retail space in the development on the north side of Crescent Avenue, Bishow said.
The hotel features a full-service spa, 20,000 s/f of meeting space, the Crescent Club and the acclaimed NOBU restaurant.
A special date to mark on your celestial calendar is New Year's Day, when the crescent Moon and crescent Venus will be side by side about 10[degrees] above the horizon in early twilight.