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

In 1969, as NASA prepared to launch astronauts to the moon, black activists protested at Kennedy Space Center, arguing that NASA funding would be better spent fighting poverty. Jason Davis, NBC News, "A huge telescope in Hawaii could lead us to alien life. First it has to get off the ground.," 18 Aug. 2019 The modules will be launched to the moon by commercial rockets and assembled under remote control using autonomous docking systems. William Harwood, CBS News, "NASA picks Alabama space center to manage lunar lander program," 16 Aug. 2019 The right fielder took a 2-2 pitch with one out and gave the team a 7-5 win by hitting the ball to the moon. Andy Nesbitt, For The Win, "Bryce Harper ran so fast around the bases after crushing a walk-off grand slam," 15 Aug. 2019 On July 16, 1969, the nation and world watch in wonder as Armstrong and fellow astronauts Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins embark on a historic mission to the moon. Los Angeles Times, "Here are the feature and TV films airing the week of Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019," 11 Aug. 2019 Sarabhai’s birth centenary comes just weeks after the successful launch of India’s Chandrayaan-2 mission to the moon. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, "The man who established India’s space programme and its premier B-school turns 100," 11 Aug. 2019 His father is an engineer and supervisor at the Marshall Space Center in Huntsville, Ala., who works on the vehicle that will take NASA back to the moon and on to Mars. Stan Grossfeld, BostonGlobe.com, "For Red Sox minor leaguer who lives in an RV, life is a wonderful road game," 7 Aug. 2019 Sure, our motivations for going to the moon were partly political. Shannon Stirone, WIRED, "Space Photos of the Week: This Apollo Went to 11," 20 July 2019 Few problems are bigger than getting a man to the moon. Emma Ruby, Dallas News, "UT-Dallas celebrates personal ties with NASA 50 years after 'one small step for man'," 20 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

This episode, best remembered for the moment in which Julia accidentally moons a crowd (including the mayor of Atlanta), is a reminder that the series excelled at physical comedy in addition to sharp and rapid-fire dialogue. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 5 best episodes of 'Designing Women,' in honor of its arrival on Hulu," 26 Aug. 2019 Someone apparently isn’t mooning over the huge, 10-by-30-foot mural that shows the bare buttocks of the Garden of Eden couple. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 Ultimately, one of the main goals of the program is to offset the cost of running the ISS—about $3 billion to $4 billion per year—as NASA shifts its spending from the aging station to moon and Mars missions. Stefanie Waldek, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Soon Vacation in Space for $35,000 Per Night," 10 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'moon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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