moon·​scape | \ ˈmün-ˌskāp How to pronounce moonscape (audio) \

Definition of moonscape

: the surface of the moon as seen or as depicted also : a landscape resembling this surface

Examples of moonscape in a Sentence

The valley is a desolate moonscape.

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Moments before, Holbrook had driven a rattling red dragster 183.9 miles per hour across the transfixing moonscape of the Bonneville Salt Flats…with a bicycle trailing directly behind. Jason Gay, WSJ, "She Just Rode 184 MPH on a Bicycle. Really.," 17 Sep. 2018 Set against an arid moonscape on the equatorial line, two cantilevered glass wings soar dramatically above a reflecting pool, symbolizing freedom and transparency and looking like something out of a science-fiction movie. Joshua Goodman, The Seattle Times, "South America bloc’s woes leave architectural gem forlorn," 8 Jan. 2019 When a tract of dry, thorny tropical forest was cleared to make way for pasture, a strange moonscape of single-story conical earthen mounds was revealed—200 million of them in fact, spaced at regular intervals as though manmade. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Found: A Field of Termite Mounds You Can See From Space," 19 Nov. 2018 Works by 20 artists (including Pierre Huyghe, Daniel Buren and Fischli & Weiss) filled the site, along with a mountain of sand that was gradually transformed by a team of sculptors from beachscape to moonscape. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, "Maja Hoffmann’s Cultural Complex Is Poised to Transform This French City," 21 Aug. 2018 Once a verdant collection of canyons, hillsides and farms, the land is now a barren moonscape. Washington Post, "At Guatemala volcano, time running out for rescue chances," 6 June 2018 The lake bottom looked like something out of one of those aerial photos of World War I’s bombed-to-bits battlefields, a kind of aquatic moonscape pocked by who-knows-how-many shallow craters. Shannon Tompkins, Houston Chronicle, "June spawn signals peak in Texas sunfish action," 3 June 2018 Wadi Rum is a moonscape of ancient valleys and towering weathered sandstone mountains rising out of the white and pink colored sands. Jim Berkeley, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to Jordan," 5 Oct. 2016 Records show the sand being mined in the 1970s, but no mining or hauling has gone on since March 2013, leaving a moonscape-looking mess with hills of sand everywhere. Lauren Ritchie,, "St. Johns water district planning five years of sand-hauling for Lake Norris area residents," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of moonscape

1907, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of moonscape was in 1907

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English Language Learners Definition of moonscape

: the way the surface of the moon looks
: a dry and empty place that looks like the surface of the moon

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