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
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half-moon

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

A roughly crescent-shaped fortification outwork. Also see ravelin.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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.
I had risen half-an-hour before her entrance, and had washed my face, and put on my clothes by the light of a half-moon just setting, whose rays streamed through the narrow window near my crib.
All the other Isanusis, male and female, sat down in a half-moon facing the king, but this woman drew forward, and with her came nine of her sisterhood.
Then all sat down and feasted and drank merrily together until the sun was low and the half-moon glimmered with a pale light betwixt the leaves of the trees overhead.