Definition of half-moon in US English:



  • 1The moon when only half of its illuminated surface is visible from the earth; the first or last quarter.

    • ‘I relaxed slightly - the outline of Toji was visible by the glow of the half-moon, its light a lone beacon in the curtain of velvet night.’
    • ‘Hues of purple, violet, teal and blue that were invisible in normal lighting came alive with the slight gleam of the white light from a half-moon.’
    • ‘Illuminated in pale light from the half-moon he looked ethereal, nearly tinted blue, his facial features drawn and guarded.’
    • ‘The half-moon gave him barely enough light to make it to Protheroe's door.’
    • ‘Dolly came out with me, and we sat for a while, looking up at a bright half-moon and a sky thick with stars.’
    • ‘At midnight, under the light of a bright half-moon, Indefatigable was sailing smoothly into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of France, on her way to Gibraltar.’
    • ‘It's lovely out here - the night is calm, the lake is black and still, illuminated by the bright half-moon, and the trees seem to glow.’
    • ‘The night cast its silent shadow over the clearing at the edge of the woods, storm clouds parting slowly, revealing the pale, flickering light of the half-moon that shone overhead.’
    • ‘A half-moon lit the sky and he watched the silhouetted clouds drift in and out of sight.’
    • ‘Soon people were hanging on for their lives - and falling - 1,000 ft above the ground under blue skies and a pale half-moon.’
    • ‘In the small hours of the morning, he found himself on the roof, staring out at a half-moon and a scattering of stars.’
    • ‘The mechanics have packed up and gone to bed before I end my day, shivering in the chill of the desert night under a vast array of stars, the half-moon lighting up the sand, the tents and the vehicles all around.’
    • ‘In the light of the dimly shining half-moon, her eyes looked worried and afraid.’
    • ‘It is twilight, and a bright half-moon shines down on a small metropolis of wire pens.’
    • ‘It was past ten at night and the yard was dark, with a half-moon lighting the way.’
    • ‘One part of the exercise involved night skiing across the Snowy River illuminated by half-moon on a cold, clear night.’
    • ‘But it's late afternoon along a desolate strip of Interstate 15 near Sheep Mountain, above which a pale half-moon is on the rise.’
    • ‘The Knight just looked out into the blackness of the region, a half-moon shining down from above.’
    • ‘Even the half-moon is obscured behind heavy gray cloud.’
    • ‘Sam glared fiercely up at the half-moon peeking through the branches of the weeping willow.’
    bend, turn, loop, curl, twist, hook
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    1. 1.1 The time when a half-moon occurs.
      • ‘Weaker tides occur at half-moon, when the sun and Moon are 90° apart.’
      • ‘A half-moon after she revealed herself to him, they conceived a child.’
      • ‘It had been two days since the half-moon and Niroku had asked a question that had been bugging him.’
      • ‘It had been about a week since the half-moon and everything seemed peaceful except for one demon attack where they got a Silver Life Jewel shard, which Katia fused into the rest of the shard that she had collected.’
    2. 1.2 A semicircular or crescent-shaped object.
      as modifier ‘half-moon spectacles’
      • ‘In the restaurant we stamp these into half-moons with a cutter but you can leave them as triangles if you like.’
      • ‘Slice the onions into half-moons, grate the ginger, grate the garlic, slice the leek into thin rounds.’
      • ‘The Voyager clock comprises a half-moon of off-white plastic, with a delightfully forced-perspective ship leering out at you.’
      • ‘In a sweeping half-moon behind me, the rugged, unspoiled Inishowen Peninsula rolls out across this little known spear of North West Ireland.’
      • ‘When her gaze skated past mine, I noticed purplish half-moons under her eyes.’
      • ‘The judges' half-moon raised podium runs around the east side of the room, with each name printed just below the rim of the surface for the courtroom to see.’
      • ‘Beneath his eyes were thick wrinkles which dropped down his cheeks in a series of half-moons.’
      • ‘In one hypnotic turn, the performers hopped on skateboards and lazily circled the theater risers, becoming visible in half-moons as they rolled out in front of the audience and then disappearing again.’
      • ‘The folded half-moon, a sort of quasi-calzone, hides a cache of fontina cheese gigged with emphatic sun-dried tomato: simple and effective.’
      • ‘Much the same product occurs in Greece, as kourabiethes, half-moons or round, sprinkled with icing sugar.’
      • ‘In Jazz, the half-moons on Dorcas's cheeks and forehead indirectly testify to the torture she endured as a child, when she witnessed her father and mother stomped and burned to death during the East St. Louis riots.’
      • ‘It's only what he once named it himself, that ear-to-ear smile, a fixed half-moon caught in quick-dry cement.’
      • ‘This time out we tried the shrimp nuggets, deep-fried half-moons stuffed with a whole shrimp in a creamy sauce, and topped with slivers of marinated red pepper.’
      • ‘The shape of a garlic bulb mimics a minaret; the cloves that make it up are like half-moons.’
      • ‘Fold the dough circle in half to form a half-moon.’
      • ‘The main dishes are large and filling (they come with a half soup, served in a half-moon shaped bowl or a salad), and, with an appetizer as well, there's heaps of food.’
      • ‘West-facing, Fernandez Bay beach is on the protected side of the island, a superb, gently curving half-moon of sand a couple of miles long.’
      • ‘That's a half-moon Baker-style sofa in the living room, which is really nice but also very comfortable.’
      • ‘Begin removing three half-moon mounting bolts from each side, set half moons and bolts aside.’
      • ‘It's imaginatively located in a lower, half-moon mezzanine area to the side of the bar.’
      sickle-shape, semicircle
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/ˈhæf ˌmun//ˈhaf ˌmo͞on/