noun \ˈkre-sənt\

: the shape of the visible part of the moon when it is less than half full

: a shape that is curved, wide at its center, and pointed at its two ends like a crescent moon

Full Definition of CRESCENT

a :  the moon at any stage between new moon and first quarter and between last quarter and the succeeding new moon when less than half of the illuminated hemisphere is visible
b :  the figure of the moon at such a stage defined by a convex and a concave edge
:  something shaped like a crescent
cres·cen·tic \kre-ˈsen-tik, krə-\ adjective

Origin of CRESCENT

Middle English cressant, from Anglo-French, from present participle of crestre to grow, increase, from Latin crescere; akin to Old High German hirsi millet, Lithuanian šerti to feed, Greek koros boy
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith



Definition of CRESCENT

:  marked by an increase :  increasing <my powers are crescent — Shakespeare>

Origin of CRESCENT

Latin crescent-, crescens, present participle of crescere
First Known Use: 1574


trademark \ˈkre-sənt\

Definition of CRESCENT

—used for an adjustable open-end wrench

Rhymes with CRESCENT


noun \ˈkres-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CRESCENT

: a crescent-shaped anatomical structure or section
: the gametocyte of the falciparum malaria parasite that is shaped like a crescent and constitutes a distinguishing character of malignant tertian malaria


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