lunar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lunar of or relating to or associated with the moon "lunar surface","lunar module"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Astronauts brought back about 800 pounds of lunar rock to Earth. Most of it has not been analyzed.
    • Lunar (Astron) A lunar distance.
    • Lunar Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or properties; as, lunar herbs.
    • Lunar Measured by the revolutions of the moon; as, a lunar month.
    • Lunar Of or pertaining to the moon; as, lunar observations.
    • Lunar Resembling the moon; orbed.
    • Lunar (Anat) The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus; -- called also semilunar, and intermedium.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1959, the Soviet space probe "Luna Two" became the first manmade object to reach the moon as it crashed onto the lunar surface.
    • lunar Of, pertaining, or relating to the moon: as, the lunar changes; lunar observations.
    • lunar Situated or moving like the moon; acting as a moon.
    • lunar Measured by the revolutions of the moon: as, lunar months or years.
    • lunar Resembling the moon; round: as, a lunar shield, specifically, in anatomy and zoology: Resembling a half-moon; semilunar; crescentic; lunate: as, lunar markings; a lunar bone.
    • lunar Supposed to be affected by or due to the influence of the moon: as, lunar madness.
    • lunar In anatomy, of or pertaining to the lunare, or semilunar bone of the carpus.
    • lunar Pertaining to silver: from the moon being the alchemical symbol of that metal: as, lunar caustic (nitrate of silver).
    • lunar In navigation, tables for correcting the apparent distance of the moon from the sun, or from a fixed star, on account of refraction and parallax, and for deducing the longitude of the observer from the lunar data given in the almanac.
    • n lunar In navigation, lunar distance, or an observation for lunar distance: as, to take a lunar.
    • lunar In Arabic gram., a fanciful term applied to the class of consonants before which the l of the article al is not assimilated in pronunciation: so called because including q, the initial of qamar, moon. Opposed to solar.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Just twenty seconds worth of fuel remained when Apollo 11's lunar module landed on the moon.
    • adj Lunar lū′nar belonging to the moon: measured by the revolutions of the moon: caused by the moon: like the moon—also Lū′nary
    • n Lunar a person so affected: a madman (De lunatico inquirendo, the title of the writ or commission for inquiry into the mental state of an alleged lunatic)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lunaris, fr. luna, the moon. See Luna, and cf. Lunary

Usage

In literature:

The observation of volcanoes (1787) and of a lunar eclipse are his only published ones.
"Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works" by Edward Singleton Holden
It involved a strange, other-worldly young woman whom he called Lunar!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science September 1930" by Various
The sunset caught the Lunar mountains, flung slanting shadows over the empty Lunar plains.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
They were able to work in metals and to seal the mouth of this lunar tomb.
"The Finding of Haldgren" by Charles Willard Diffin
We have just seen a splendid lunar rainbow, and I suspect it forebodes a good deal more wind than we have lately had.
"The Last Voyage" by Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
The twenty-eight day Lunar night was in its last half.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
Around us, the wide reaches of Lunar desolation.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
It must be torture to muscles not yet toughened up to even Lunar gravity.
"The Adventurer" by Cyril M. Kornbluth
If they persist they may be cut off with a pair of sharp scissors and the sore touched with a stick of lunar caustic.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
I had never heard of its existence until a few hours before lift-off from Lunar Base.
"Last Resort" by Stephen Bartholomew
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In poetry:

Soft, as amid the lunar beams
The falling shadows bend,
Upon the bosom of the streams,
So soft her tears descend.
"An American Tale" by Helen Maria Williams
In the day I hide, am quiet.
Moon above - I have no might!
I rush on this lunar night
To the shoulder of beloved.
"New Moon" by Marina Ivanova Tsvetaeva
Passionless purity,
Calmness in surety
Dwells everywhere,
A winnowed whiteness,
A lunar lightness
Glows in the air.
"Mist And Frost" by Duncan Campbell Scott
'He will plunge like a plummet down
far into hungry tides'
they cry, but as the sea
climbs to a lunar magnet
so the dreamer pursues
the lake where love resides.
"The Quest" by Denise Levertov
Neobule, tired to death
Of the flowers that I threw
On her flower-like, fair feet,
Sighed for blossoms not so sweet,
Lunar roses pale and blue,
Lilies of the world beneath.
"A Requiem" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
Half-wrapp'd in mist I see thy figure move,
O'er thy pale cheek appears its wonted smile;
With lunar lustre beam those looks of love,
That once could life of ev'ry care beguile:
"Lines Written At Brighton" by Sir John Carr

In news:

Tonight, a Total Lunar Eclipse will be visible from Kansas for the first time since 2008.
I'll take lunar eclipse for 500 Miss Livingston.
Neil Armstrong casts a shadow in a photograph he took of the lunar lander Eagle near the end of his historic moonwalk.
A piece of lunar meteorite is on sale at auction, and experts estimate the final price will tally at keast $340,000.
The new moon occurs on Thursday and the lunar orbit perigee on Friday, which means a very strong pull on fish to enter feeding areas over the next five days.
'Frankenstorm' Full Moon : Hurricane Sandy's Impact Amplified by Lunar Event.
This rare occasion is possible because the lunar phase period is 29.5 days.
Many people who were around during the days of the Apollo lunar missions don't recall the NASA manned space project that preceded the lunar landing effort.
While results from the primary science mission are just beginning to be released, the collection of gravity science by the lunar twins continues GRAIL 's extended mission science phase began Aug 30 and will conclude Dec 17.
NASA launched two lunar orbiters Saturday morning, despite weather conditions which limited launch windows to one minute.
Both GRAIL spacecraft are about the size of a washing machine, NASA said, and include a Lunar Gravity Ranging System that can measure the distance between them down to a few microns.
Gravity map made by twin Grail probes shows lunar crust almost completely pulverized.
Astronomers at Arizona State University have used NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) to build this jaw-dropping map of the Moon.
Astronaut Edwin E Aldrin Jr, lunar module pilot, is photographed walking near the lunar module during the Apollo 11 extravehicular activity.
Almost out of fuel, NASA will smash then into lunar cliff, ending a productive mission.
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In science:

The nearly 1 cm per year difference could come from an actual lunar recession, as a consequence of tidal forces.
A simple varying-speed-of-light hypothesis is enough for explaining high-redshift supernovae data
Under the hypotheses that the momentum of the Moon-Earth system is conserved and that, during this period, all the LOD change was due to tidal forces, the tidally-driven lunar recession should have been of nearly 2.8 cm per year, leaving a value for the pseudo-lunar recession of only 1 cm per year.
A simple varying-speed-of-light hypothesis is enough for explaining high-redshift supernovae data
As a matter of fact, between 1969 and 2005, that is, while the lunar laser ranging data were collected, the mean LOD has decreased.
A simple varying-speed-of-light hypothesis is enough for explaining high-redshift supernovae data
Dickey, Relativity parameters determined from lunar laser ranging, Phys.
New Regions for a Chameleon to Hide
This is what is observed in the lunar range experiments with laser.
The Speed of Light and the Hubble Parameter: The Mass-Boom Effect
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