new moon


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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Major changes come in minute steps — and the energy of the new moon recognizes that., "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 This eclipse season kicks off with a partial solar eclipse during the new moon in Cancer on July 12. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 3 July 2018 In addition, the new moon will generate higher-than-normal tides Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the weather service says, and swells associated with Chris could exacerbate any tidal flooding and result in minor beach erosion. Anthony R. Wood,, "Tropical Storm Chris could become hurricane and affect Jersey beaches; Beryl making comeback?," 10 July 2018 The effect on us, astrologically speaking, is a figurative one and always works in conjunction with a simultaneous new moon to gift us glorious new beginnings. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 3 July 2018 Solar eclipses are new moons with a kick: These lunations are all about beginnings. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Pisces Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 This year the Perseids will peak right after a new moon, ensuring dark skies. Brian Resnick, Vox, "Summer is for meteor showers and stargazing. Here’s how to watch.," 22 June 2018 Tide levels were elevated anyway because of the astronomical effect of the new moon, Eberwine said. Anthony R. Wood,, "That was a 'meteotsunami' that hit Jersey Shore during storm; it wasn't the first time," 16 May 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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The first known use of new moon was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of new moon

: the moon when it is completely dark

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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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