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crescent

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noun cres·cent \ˈkre-sənt\

Simple Definition of crescent

  • : 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

  1. 1 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

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a crescent

cres·cen·tic play \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


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crescent

adjective cres·cent

Definition of crescent

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



Origin of crescent

Latin crescent-, crescens, present participle of crescere


First Known Use: 1574


Crescent

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trademark Cres·cent \ˈkre-sənt\

Definition of Crescent

  1. —used for an adjustable open-end wrench



Rhymes with crescent



CRESCENT Defined for Kids

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crescent

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noun cres·cent \ˈkre-sənt\

Definition of crescent

  1. 1 :  the shape of the visible part of the moon when it is less than half full

  2. 2 :  something shaped like a crescent moon




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crescent

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adjective cres·cent

Definition of crescent

  1. :  shaped like the crescent moon <crescent rolls>




Medical Dictionary

crescent

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noun cres·cent \ˈkres-ənt\

Medical Definition of crescent

  1. 1:  a crescent-shaped anatomical structure or section

  2. 2:  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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