lunation

noun
lu·​na·​tion | \ lü-ˈnā-shən How to pronounce lunation (audio) \

Definition of lunation

: the period of time averaging 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes, and 2.8 seconds elapsing between two successive new moons

Examples of lunation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These encouragements are echoed in the aspects that make up Thursday's lunation, a tight crossing of oppositions between the moon and the Sun, Venus in Cancer and Pluto in Capricorn, and a looser opposition between Mars and Saturn. Gala Mukomolova, refinery29.com, 24 June 2021 Why, how and when the ‘Shawwal Moon’ will cause an annular solar eclipse Two weeks later—exactly one lunation from now—the alignment will still be in place for the Moon to cause another kind of eclipse. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Our creative instincts will also be strengthened during this lunation. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 9 Feb. 2021 There is, however, a tough aspect to this lunation, Montúfar cautions. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 29 Dec. 2020 But every so often, the moon's orbit creates a powerful alignment with the sun, forming a potent lunation known as an eclipse. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 23 Dec. 2020 Montúfar says that Jupiter, the ruler of this lunation, is really well-positioned. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 12 Dec. 2020 Use this lunation to find practical, logical approaches to your biggest dreams. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, 29 May 2019 This lunation is a powerful time to get into a new mindset that will help you either break or make some more productive habits. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, 29 May 2019

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First Known Use of lunation

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lunation

Middle English lunacioun, from Anglo-French lunaison, from Medieval Latin lunation-, lunatio, from Latin luna

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“Lunation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lunation. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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