Crescent meaning

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Crescent is defined as something with a half-moon or arc shape.

The waning moon is an example of something that would be described as a crescent moon.

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The definition of a crescent is a half-moon or arc shape.

A curved French croissant is an example of something that is in the shape of a crescent.

A curved moon is an example of a crescent shape.

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The figure of the moon as it appears before its first quarter phase or after its third quarter phase, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
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Something shaped like a crescent, such as a curved pastry or a curved street.
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A phase of a planet or a moon, when it appears to have one concave edge and one convex edge, esp., of the moon just after new moon (waxing crescent) or just before new moon (waning crescent)
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Crescent-shaped.
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Waxing, as the moon approaching its first quarter phase; increasing.
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A trademark for an adjustable open-end wrench.
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A figure of or like the moon in either of these phases.
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Anything shaped more or less like this.
  • A curved roll or bun.
  • A residential street or part of a street.
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Increasing; growing.
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Shaped like a crescent.
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Partly but less than half illuminated. Used to describe the Moon or a planet.
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The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
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Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
  • A curved pastry.
  • A curved street, often presenting a continuous façade, as of row houses.
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(dated, rare) Marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.
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Shaped like a crescent.
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To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
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To adorn with crescents.
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(Islam) A representation of the symbol used by Islamic caliphates.
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(New Zealand) A crescent spanner.
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(historical) Any of three orders of knighthood conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.

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(heraldry) The emblem of the waxing Moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.
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Origin of crescent

  • Middle English cressaunt from Anglo-Norman variant of Old French creissant from present participle of creistre to grow from Latin crēscere ker-2 in Indo-European roots
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Anglo-Norman cressaunt, from Old French creissant (“crescent of the moon”) (French croissant), from Latin crēscēns, present active participle of crēscō (“arise, thrive”), from Proto-Indo-European *ker (“to grow”). See Old Armenian սերիմ (serim, “be born”) and սերեմ (serem, “bring forth”), Ancient Greek κόρη (korē, “girl”) and κούρος (kouros, “boy”), Latin creare (“produce, create, bring forth”) and Ceres (“goddess of agriculture”).
    From Wiktionary