moonless

adjective
moon·​less | \ ˈmün-ləs How to pronounce moonless (audio) \

Definition of moonless

: lacking the light of the moon

Examples of moonless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Know how to maneuver under a moonless sky that merges with the sea and not allow yourself to be intoxicated by the sensation of flying. Martin Dumont, The New York Review of Books, "Waterlines: On Writing and Sailing," 5 Feb. 2020 This romantic comedy begins on a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "It's almost time for "Almost, Maine" at the Spotlights Theater: Talk of the Towns," 26 Jan. 2018 For about two weeks, observers in the Northern Hemisphere will have their best chance to see an ethereal display called the zodiacal lights thanks to a nearly moonless sky in the predawn hours. National Geographic, "Uranus at Its Best, and More Can't-Miss Sky Events in October," 1 Oct. 2017 Just a moonless night and a light rain that left their matches wet, forcing them to eat rolled oats with cold water for breakfast. Allison Stockman, The Cut, "Why I Let My 10-Year-Old Go Camping Unchaperoned," 20 Oct. 2017 While the Orionids aren't the brightest or most numerous meteors, this year the shower's peak coincides with a mostly moonless morning, making for good viewing. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Look Up: The Orionid Meteor Shower Will Streak Through Skies This Weekend," 20 Oct. 2017 Their functional vision was measured using a test that was essentially an obstacle course navigated by the participants at seven levels of light, from interior office light to a moonless summer night. Susan Scutti, CNN, "FDA panel unanimously votes to approve gene therapy for blindness," 12 Oct. 2017 Then softly, quietly, one by one, on a moonless night velvety-dark as a jewelers’ box, nature’s other diamonds began to sparkle. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "Nature’s gift to Washingtonians: some of the last, best stargazing in the world," 28 Aug. 2017 Mattis urged Trump to launch the raid swiftly: the operation, which was aimed at one of the leaders of Al Qaeda in Yemen, required a moonless night, and the window for action was approaching. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, "James Mattis, a Warrior in Washington," 29 May 2017

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First Known Use of moonless

1506, in the meaning defined above

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“Moonless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/moonless. Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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