moon

noun
\ ˈmün How to pronounce moon (audio) \

Definition of moon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a often capitalized : the earth's natural satellite (see satellite sense 2a) that shines by the sun's reflected light, revolves about the earth from west to east in about 29¹/₂ days with reference to the sun or about 27¹/₃ days with reference to the stars, and has a diameter of 2160 miles (3475 kilometers), a mean distance from the earth of about 238,900 miles (384,400 kilometers), and a mass about one eightieth that of the earth usually used with the
b : one complete moon cycle consisting of four phases (see phase entry 1 sense 1)
c : satellite sense 2 specifically : a natural satellite of a planet the moons of Jupiter
2 : an indefinite usually extended period of time a labor of many moons
3 : moonlight keep out of the moon or it may turn your head— H. R. Haggard
4 : something that resembles a moon: such as
a : a highly translucent (see translucent sense 1) spot on old porcelain
b : lunule
c slang : naked buttocks
5 : something impossible or inaccessible reach for the moon
over the moon
: very pleased : in high spirits

moon

verb
mooned; mooning; moons

Definition of moon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to spend in idle reverie : dream used with away mooned the afternoon away
2 slang : to expose one's naked buttocks to One of the boys mooned the crowd.

intransitive verb

: to spend time in idle reverie : behave abstractedly fans mooning over movie stars

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Other Words from moon

Noun

moonlike \ ˈmün-​ˌlīk How to pronounce moonlike (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for moon

Synonyms: Noun

aeon (or eon), age, blue moon, coon's age, cycle, donkey's years [chiefly British], eternity, forever, long, months

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Examples of moon in a Sentence

Noun

The telescope makes the craters on the surface of the moon incredibly clear. the orbit of the Moon around the Earth Europa and Io are both moons of Jupiter. a planet orbited by one moon

Verb

One of the boys mooned the crowd. One of the boys mooned at the crowd.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The full pink moon will reach its peak fullness on Friday, April 19 at 7:12 p.m. EST. Allure, "A Pink Moon Arrives on Friday — Here's What That Means for You," 18 Apr. 2019 According to the Almanac, the moon will reach peak fullness at 7:12 A.M. (EDT) on Friday, April 19. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "A Pink Moon Is Coming This Spring: Here's Everything You Need to Know," 14 Apr. 2019 Van Cleef & Arpels’s Lady Arpels Planetarium is a moon phase watch taken to the extreme. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 At a certain stage in its orbit, the spacecraft will reach a point that is near the moon. Israel Kasnett, Jewish Journal, "Israel gets set to land spacecraft on the moon," 11 July 2018 On Thursday, Israeli company SpaceIL attempted to become the first private company to land a spacecraft on the moon. Avery Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "SpaceIL Will Try Again After Last Week's Failed Moon Landing," 15 Apr. 2019 Bridenstine said everything is on the space table as NASA strives to meet the White House’s goal of landing astronauts back on the moon by 2024. Marcia Dunn, The Seattle Times, "SpaceX launches mega rocket, lands all 3 boosters," 14 Apr. 2019 Of course, the fit of the spacesuit is essential and no one would ever want to put an astronaut at risk, but how is that the people who put a man on the moon can’t (or won’t) imagine a world with more than one qualified woman in it? Abby Gardner, Glamour, "NASA Cancels First All-Female Spacewalk Because They Don’t Have Enough Spacesuits to Fit Women," 26 Mar. 2019 Wherever the Mars mission stands, Musk is supposedly still going ahead with plans to send Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa (and several artists of his choosing) on the first private tourist trip to the moon in 2023. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "Elon Musk thinks he’ll die on Mars," 2 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Then later, upon being released on bail, the man bizarrely dropped his pants and mooned photographers outside the court building. Fox News, "Man late for Ryanair flight arrested for chasing down plane on Dublin Airport tarmac," 28 Sep. 2018 The whole reason for mooning a group text in the first place. Madeline Buxton, refinery29.com, "Dear Apple, You Forgot Some Very Important "Do Not Disturb" Settings," 6 June 2018 She and Tom Arnold had mooned the crowd at a World Series game to show off their matching tattoos. Kate Stanhope, latimes.com, "Rocky road: Roseanne Barr's rollercoaster Hollywood ride," 10 Apr. 2018 These days any rocketeer wishing to get staggeringly pie-eyed and maybe moon the Moon will have to hitch a ride with another space agency altogether. David Arky, Smithsonian, "How Do You Make Beer in Space?," 20 Mar. 2018 Who can forget Ilie Nastase pulling down his pants and mooning the chair umpire Charles Hare in Palm Springs in 1976? Cindy Shmerler, New York Times, "Tennis Moves Toward Taking the Human Element Out of Line Calls," 1 Mar. 2018 The old Birmingham guard repaid the favor by using the worlds' largest cast iron statue to perpetually moon the little town that preferred seeking its own stars. Birmingham Magazine, AL.com, "A History of Homewood," 19 Feb. 2018 Until Sunday the biggest threat was guests occasionally mooning or flashing partygoers, says DJ cb shaw, who was a resident DJ at Rehab for six years. Alexei Barrionuevo, Billboard, "Dance Music Industry Says Pool Parties Could Be Vulnerable Following Las Vegas Shooting," 5 Oct. 2017 Having washed up on the Illyrian shore as a stranger in a strange land, Viola has been dispatched to sing the love of her new employer: the lovesick Duke Orsino (Demetrios E. Troy), mooning over Countess Olivia (Deborah Staples). Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Elyse Edelman brings new dimension to Door Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night'," 17 July 2017

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First Known Use of moon

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1836, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for moon

Noun and Verb

Middle English mone, from Old English mōna; akin to Old High German māno moon, Latin mensis month, Greek mēn month, mēnē moon

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moon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of moon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the large round object that circles the Earth and that shines at night by reflecting light from the sun
: a large round object like the moon that circles around a planet other than the Earth

moon

verb

English Language Learners Definition of moon (Entry 2 of 2)

informal : to bend over and show your bare buttocks to someone as a rude joke or insult

moon

noun
\ ˈmün How to pronounce moon (audio) \

Kids Definition of moon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the natural heavenly body that shines by reflecting light from the sun and revolves about the earth in about 29¹/₂ days

moon

verb
mooned; mooning

Kids Definition of moon (Entry 2 of 2)

moon

noun
\ ˈmün How to pronounce moon (audio) \

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