• WordNet 3.6
    • adj crescent-shaped resembling the new moon in shape
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crescent-shaped Shaped like a crescent; lunate; crescentiform.
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In literature:

The former, which are always crescent-shaped, are from ten to twenty feet high, and have an acute crest.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
There are several islands close to these shoals, which are in the shape of a crescent.
"Borneo and the Indian Archipelago" by Frank S. Marryat
Through the crescent-shaped opening a human face looked in, and a voice, which Dennis instantly recognised, gave warning of more trouble.
"With Haig on the Somme" by D. H. Parry
As the days pass by, the crescent shape is again assumed.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
It has the shape of a broad crescent, about 430 m. long from W.S.W.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Hence the form or outline of many of these fragmental craters is crescent-shaped.
"Volcanoes: Past and Present" by Edward Hull
On the left was the pretty crescent-shaped beach, and beyond it the lights of the town shone brightly.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Shadows of gloom dissolved and were replaced by a black-toothed, crescent-shaped smile of delight.
"The Holes and John Smith" by Edward W. Ludwig
The aperture of the ear is exceedingly minute; the eyes are of moderate size and the blow-hole is crescent-shaped.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
In any case, most nineteenth-century scarificators were made with crescent-shaped blades.
"Bloodletting Instruments in the National Museum of History and Technology" by Audrey Davis
Then the reporters would no longer be sitting at their crescent-shaped table.
"The Tempering" by Charles Neville Buck
Have bonbons in all kinds of suggestive shapes; brownies, witches, brooms, rings, crescents, triangles, et cetera.
"Suppers" by Paul Pierce
On the south side of Scout Butte there is a crescent-shaped opening, walled in by the curving sides of the hill.
"Red Hunters And the Animal People" by Charles A. Eastman
Curve into crescent shape, place on greased baking sheet, let rise until light, and bake in a hot oven about fifteen minutes.
"Better Meals for Less Money" by Mary Green
This was the northeastern end of the mountain which Bige and all the other guides for many years had known to be a crescent shaped ridge.
"Camps and Trails" by Henry Abbott
Turn the points around into the shape of crescents.
"The Century Cook Book" by Mary Ronald
The heads of some were crescent-shaped, others were merely wedges of metal.
"The Witch Doctor and other Rhodesian Studies" by Frank Worthington
Under the wings find the circular or crescent-shaped membranes, the eardrums.
"A Guide for the Study of Animals" by Worrallo Whitney
In the grooves slid a kind of crescent-shaped knife.
"Dumas' Paris" by Francis Miltoun
The cream-colored crescent-shaped mark usually is distinct.
"A Review of the Middle American Tree Frogs of the Genus Ptychohyla" by William E. Duellman

In news:

Jagged mountain ranges, crescent-shaped sandy beaches and pastel-hued port towns give the island its modern nickname, L'Île de Beauté: the Isle of Beauty.
Something that has the shape of a crescent or half-moon.
Sickle cell anemia is an inherited disease in which red blood cells are unable to properly carry oxygen throughout the body because of their distinctive crescent-like, or sickle, shape.
Ideally located close to London's finest landmarks, the crescent-shaped courtyard is the perfect, elegant outdoor drinks spot.
It causes the cells to lose oxygen very easily, turning them from round shapes to crescent shapes that cause painful episodes known as pain crises.
The crescent-shaped city on the Garonne River has been the region 's wine capital for decades, its illustrious past on display in the ornate buildings in the Golden Triangle area.
Place the rolls on the prepared sheets seams down, curling the ends to shape crescents.
Highland County Sheriff Ron Ward says authorities have the weapon, which consists of a short handle and a crescent-shaped blade.

In science:

Due to the frequency dispersion Ω ({xk , yk }) [see Fig. 1.5(b),(c)], different trajectories are drifting variously and create a crescent-shape cloud in phase space, which develops later into a full ring as seen in Figs. 1.5 and 1.6.
Quantum, classical and semiclassical analyses of photon statistics in harmonic generation
In the low tension case, the decreased tension allows the center of the flux tube to rise, forming a crescent shape, shown in Figure 6(h).
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
During this evolution, the mass in the center of the tube drains to the lowest possible location which is at either end of this crescent shape.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
The deformation of the center of the tube into a crescent shape forms a current sheet as field of opposite sign is brought together on either side of this crescent.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
As far as we are aware, the mechanism shown here for the creation of a coronal flux rope from an emerging flux tube whose cross section distorts into a crescent shape has not been seen before.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
The centers of the high tension tubes stay at the photosphere, while the center of the low tension tube rises to a height of about 8Mm as the tube is deformed into a crescent shaped current sheet and the resulting coronal flux rope rises.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
As the low tension case develops (t=1700 s to t=2200 s), the crescent shaped current sheet is formed and mass and shear field drain to the ends, below 1.2 Mm.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
The expanding shell of the tube causes a crescent shaped current sheet to be formed as the original null is stretched over this shell.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
Both types of flux ropes were created in similar fashions: by the formation of a crescent shaped current sheet, with preferential reconnection occurring off-center, forming a coronal flux rope at the apex of the crescent.
Tests of Dynamical Flux Emergence as a Mechanism for CME Initiation
With the AC drive on the gates (f =12 MHz, P =-25 dBm), we observe overlapping ellipses with crescent-shaped areas of positive and negative current that develop around the left and right TPs of each pair in the honeycomb [Fig. S7(d)].
Gigahertz quantized charge pumping in graphene quantum dots
Thus the spatially selected region of coupling, where the trap equipotential intersects the trapped condensate, takes a crescent shape.
The Theory of Atom Lasers
Two compact, crescent-shaped clumps with highly enhanced neon abundance are arranged symmetrically around the central neutron star.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
Fig. 8.— Composite image of [Ar iii] (blue), [S iv] (green), and [Ne ii] (red), showing two pronounced neon-rich crescent-shaped regions to the N and S (square root scaling).
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
This condition is hardly fulfilled at the windward foot of an isolated dune, e.g. a barchan (crescent shaped dune, discussed in Section VII), where the bed changes rapidly from bedrock to sand.
A Continuum Saltation Model for Sand Dunes
In particular for the m = 2 wakes, which would be the direct cause of the integral-shaped warps, two crescent-shaped wakes are seen in Fig. 15.
Contribution of the Large Magellanic Cloud to the Galactic Warp