crescent

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj crescent resembling the new moon in shape
    • n crescent any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Red Cross is called the Red Crescent in Arab countries
    • Crescent A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge
    • Crescent A symbol of Artemis, or Diana.
    • Crescent Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by René of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
    • Crescent Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
    • Crescent Increasing; growing. "O, I see the crescent promise of my spirit hath not set.""Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty."
    • Crescent Shaped like a crescent. "Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns."
    • Crescent The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople.
    • Crescent (Her) The emblem of the increasing moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; -- often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.
    • Crescent The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.
    • Crescent The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
    • Crescent To adorn with crescents.
    • Crescent To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crescent Increasing; growing: specifically applied to the moon during its first quarter, when its visible portion is increasing in area, in the curved form called a crescent (see II.).
    • crescent Shaped like the appearance of the moon during its first quarter.
    • n crescent The period of apparent growth or increase of the moon in its first quarter: as, the moon is in its crescent.
    • n crescent The increasing part of the moon in its first quarter, or the similarly shaped decreasing part in its last quarter, when it presents a bow of light terminating in points or horns: as, the crescent of the moon.
    • n crescent The moon itself in either its first or its last quarter; the new or the old moon.
    • n crescent Something in the shape of the crescent moon; a crescent-shaped object, construction, device, or symbol. Specifically— The Turkish standard, which bears the figure of a crescent, and, figuratively, the Turkish military power itself. The use of the crescent as the Turkish emblem dates from the conquest of Constantinople (1453); it had been considered in a sense an emblem of the city, and was assumed by the Turkish sultans in commemoration of their signal conquest.
    • n crescent In heraldry, a bearing in the form of a young or new moon, usually borne horizontally with the horns uppermost. See decrescent and increscent.
    • n crescent In architecture, a range of buildings in the form of a crescent or half-moon: as, Lansdowne Crescent in London.
    • n crescent A Turkish military musical instrument with bells or jingles.
    • n crescent A defect in a horse's foot, when the coffin-bone falls down.
    • n crescent In lace-making, a cordonnet of considerable projection inclosing part of the pattern of point-lace, giving it relief, and separating it from the ground or from other parts of the pattern. Thus, if a leaf is made of cloth-stitch, it may be surrounded by a crescent one eighth of an inch thick and with half as much projection, and this again by a ring of ornamental loops or couronnes.
    • n crescent A small roll of bread of various kinds, made in the form of a crescent.
    • crescent To form into a crescent.
    • crescent To surround partly in a semicircular or crescent form.
    • n crescent The curved, sausage-shaped gametocyte of Laverania, the parasite of pernicious *malaria (which see, with cut).
    • n crescent In certain extinct cardioid pelecypods, a lunate flattening of the shell-surface just behind the beaks. It specially characterizes the Devonian genus Honeoyea.
    • n crescent In the extinct trimerellid brachiopods, a curved and narrow muscular scar on each valve just within the cardinal margin.
    • n crescent In plate-armor, one of the small pieces of steel used to protect joints. See gusset .
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Crescent kres′ent increasing: shaped like the new or old moon
    • n Crescent the moon as she increases towards half-moon: a figure like the crescent moon, as that on the Turkish standard: the standard itself: the Turkish power: a range of buildings in curved form
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. cressent, cressaunt, crescent (in sense 1), OF. creissant, increasing, F. croissant, p. pr. of croître, OF. creistre, fr. L. crescere, to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare, to create. See Create, and cf. Accrue Increase Crescendo

Usage

In literature:

That is not so easily accomplished, for the ais, with their crescent claws, can hold on with terrible force.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
In the porpoises, grampuses, &c., they are united into a single crescentic opening.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
ACTION BETWEEN THE CRESCENT AND REUNION.
"Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I" by Sir John Ross
As such they were borne by the Ardens of Alvanley, with a crescent for difference.
"Shakespeare's Family" by Mrs. C. C. Stopes
The great levee of the Crescent City was crowded with people that day.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
The real West-end of Loring was understood by all men to lie in Paragon Crescent, at the back of St. Botolph's Church.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
We first see her as an exquisite crescent of pale light in the western sky after sunset.
"The Story of the Heavens" by Robert Stawell Ball
Truly it was shown to me in a dream that this crescent of the enemy may be exactly converted into the cross of our own banner.
"The Canterbury Puzzles" by Henry Ernest Dudeney
From capture and pillage and divers evil things he saved her, and the Crescent City has not forgotten.
"How the Flag Became Old Glory" by Emma Look Scott
But Seaton Crescent presented much more than a double row of boarding-houses.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
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In poetry:

The mystery of unfolding life
Was more than dawning morn,
Than opening flower or crescent moon
The human soul new-born.
"Child-Songs" by John Greenleaf Whittier
The crescent moon and crimson eve
Shone with a mingling light;
The deer, upon the grassy mead,
Was feeding full in sight.
"The White-Footed Deer" by William Cullen Bryant
But, O Dian! veil not wholly
Thy pale crescent from the morn!
Vanish not, O virgin goddess,
With that look of pallid scorn!
"Daphne" by George Meredith
The river's steel-blue crescent curves
To meet, in ebb and flow,
The single broken wharf that serves
For sloop and gundelow.
"The Countess" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Tilting with the winds,
On arrowy stems,
Pineapple-barked,
A green crescent of palms
Sends up its forked
Firework of fronds.
"Southern Sunrise" by Sylvia Plath
How fair the azure fields in sight
Before the low-browed inn
The tumbling billows fringe with light
The crescent shore of Lynn;
"Agnes" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Crescent City Connection Police and Louisiana State Police are responding to a two-vehicle accident on the West Bank Expressway near MacArthur Boulevard.
Portland Cello Project is scheduled to perform Sunday, May 13, at Crescent Ballroom.
If you've got a few extra million dollars kicking around, you might be interested in buying this six-bedroom, 6,800 square-foot home in Crescent Heights, Calgary's priciest home for sale.
In Crescent City, memorial to Bend man who died in tsunami is completed .
CITY HALL – There may be nothing new under the sun, but there is something new behind the crescent moon that emblazons an outhouse door.
Crescent City r enaissance man Ryan S Ballard is an elementary and middle school art teacher.
General Manager Steve VanDemark vandemark@crescent-news.com 419.784.5441, ext 205.
Harry "Mac" McCluskey, left, of Crescent City, and his son, Dan McCluskey, meet up before the excursion north.
I would like to thank the staff over at the Crescent Beach, North Myrtle Beach, recreation facility for their excellent cooperation with the Horry County Elections officials who worked our general election polls on Nov 6.
Jjackson@henryherald.com Southern Belle Farm, in McDonough, is planning to celebrate 50 years of the Atlanta Motor Speedway in the Southern Crescent.
Ideally located close to London's finest landmarks, the crescent-shaped courtyard is the perfect, elegant outdoor drinks spot.
Isaac Interrupts Amtrak's Crescent .
Darton State Holds South Crescent to 15 Points.
Crescent City California News, Sports, & Weather The Triplicate.
General Manager Steve VanDemark vandemark@ crescent -news.com 419.784.5441, ext 205.
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In science:

The [Ne iii] line is also relatively strong in each crescent region, but [Ne v] is very faint and not seen in the Southern crescent.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
The [Ne v]/[Ne ii] ratio in the Northern crescent is (cid:38) 8× that of the Southern region, although the velocity difference between the two lines at that position is (cid:38) 1000 km/s, suggesting that the increased line of sight confusion in the Northern cap may play a role in this discrepancy.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
The relative abundance increases from nNe/nAr=2.7 averaged over the full remnant to nNe/nAr=26 on the S crescent region.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
Young et al. 2006), the momentum impulse imparted by the kick to the neutron star is then (cid:38) 1000× larger than that of either neon crescent.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
If the gross layering of pre-explosion elements is preserved, the strong overabundance of neon in these crescents along the direction of the kick vector could in fact represent material which is late in meeting the reverse shock, having been accelerated to slightly slower initial speeds.
Spitzer Spectral Mapping of Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
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