full moon


Definition of full moon

: the moon with its whole apparent disk illuminated

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Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the Paschal full moon, which is the first full moon on or after the spring equinox, according to BBC. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "When Is Lent? Here's Everything You Need to Know," 11 Jan. 2019 Finally, a wolf moon is simply the first full moon of the year, named after wolves. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "A Super Blood Wolf Moon Is Coming This Month," 4 Jan. 2019 These satellites would reflect light at night and be be around 8 times brighter than the light from a full moon, enough to brighten the streets of Chengdu without spending any electricity on lighting. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "China Wants to Replace Streetlights With a Trio of Artifical Moons," 19 Oct. 2018 Or had the full moon moved them to whirl and the animal to wail? Lance Esplund, WSJ, "A Life-Changing Art Encounter," 23 Nov. 2018 The 2018 autumnal equinox is on September 22, and the next full moon occurs two days later on September 24. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "What Is a Harvest Moon? All About the Lunar Spectacle That Means Fall Is Here," 20 Sep. 2018 The corpse of Palm remained still for several years, but the right combination of a full moon, or lightning strike, or something roused the company back to life just last month. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Palm Phone Review: Fun, endearing, and bad at everything," 1 Dec. 2018 Clearing skies are giving locals another treat: a full view of the harvest moon, or the full moon closest to the autumnal equinox. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Seattle may be warmer than usual this fall, meteorologists say," 25 Sep. 2018 It should be stored in silk, and when its last hand has been dealt, it should be thanked and buried in the ground under a full moon. Jane Stern, Town & Country, "My Love of Tarot Is a Family Tradition," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of full moon

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of full moon was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of full moon

: the moon when it appears as a bright circle

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Kids Definition of full moon

: the moon with its whole disk lighted

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