new moon

noun

Definition of new moon 

1 : the moon's phase when it is in conjunction with the sun so that its dark side is toward the earth also : the thin crescent moon seen shortly after sunset for a few days after the actual occurrence of the new moon phase

2 : the beginning of each Jewish month marked by a special liturgy

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That said, your reasons for missing the new moon might deserve a closer look. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Your New Moon Is Decidedly Not Chill," 12 July 2018 Interestingly, the moon will also be very close to Earth during these celestial events; lunar perigee occurs just over 5 hours after new moon. Joe Rao, Space.com, "Friday the 13th Eclipse Visible to Lucky Few," 11 July 2018 Though likely the new moon of May 25 will bring a hint of what is to come. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your Horoscope For the Year Ahead," 29 Dec. 2016 The majority of the new moons, which range from about one to three kilometers in diameter (0.6 to 1.8 miles), were initially discovered with the Blanco 4-meter telescope in Chile. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "12 New Moons of Jupiter Discovered," 17 July 2018 The team is calling one of the new moons an ‘oddball’ because of its unusual orbit. Emiliano Rodriguez Mega, The Seattle Times, "Jupiter’s moon count reaches 79, including tiny ‘oddball’," 17 July 2018 Those whose moon signs are the same as their sun signs were born under a new moon and are often committed to making their mark on the world (after all, the sky's completely dark during this lunation). Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Moon Sign Reveals About Your Emotional Personality," 23 Apr. 2018 Major changes come in minute steps — and the energy of the new moon recognizes that. refinery29.com, "What It Means If Your New Moon Is Decidedly Not Chill," 12 July 2018 Then on Thursday, there is a new moon and partial solar eclipse in Cancer. Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of July 9," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of new moon

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

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new moon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of new moon

: the moon when it is completely dark

new moon

noun

Kids Definition of new moon

1 : the moon's phase when its dark side is toward the earth

2 : the thin curved outline of the moon seen shortly after sunset for a few days after the new moon

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