• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lunate resembling the new moon in shape
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Lunate Crescent-shaped; resembling the crescent moon; as, a lunate leaf; a lunate beak; a lunated cross.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lunate Crescent-shaped, or like the moon in its first quarter; having a figure formed by a part of a circle cut off by the segment of a larger circle.
    • lunate In zoology, same as lunated, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Lunate formed like a half-moon: crescent-shaped
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  • Virginia Woolf
    “Those comfortably padded lunatic asylums which are known, euphemistically, as the stately homes of England.”
  • Source Unknown
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    “There are two enemies to every bill proposed in Congress, the fools who favor it and the lunatics who oppose it.”
  • H. L. Mencken
    “The lunatic fringe wags the underdog.”
  • Victor Serge
    Victor Serge
    “I followed his argument with the blank uneasiness which one might feel in the presence of a logical lunatic.”
  • George Orwell
    “What can you do against the lunatic who is more intelligent than yourself, who gives your arguments a fair hearing and then simply persists in his lunacy?”
  • Ezra Pound
    “I guess the definition of a lunatic is a man surrounded by them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lunatus, crescent-shaped, p. p. of lunare, to bend like a crescent, fr. luna, the moon
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lunarisluna, the moon—lucēre, to shine.


In literature:

A lunatic lends Turnbull and MacIan his yacht and so the chase continues.
"G. K. Chesterton, A Critical Study" by Julius West
It is only since Prohibition that it has looked a little like a lunatic asylum.
"What I Saw in America" by G. K. Chesterton
This fellow Stanninghame was a lunatic.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
Wouldn't answer any questions; a lunatic of some sort, the clerk reckoned.
"Lorimer of the Northwest" by Harold Bindloss
It proved, however, to have been without a ball, and the fellow was suffered to go his way as a lunatic or a drunkard.
"Masterpieces of Mystery In Four Volumes" by Various
Because in prisons, and other lunatic asylums, one isn't allowed to know anything.
"Possession" by Laurence Housman
Chapple includes among the defectives not only the criminal but also the lunatic, the epileptic and the pauper.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Here, indeed, were a pair of lunatics, male and female, who would undoubtedly be well mated.
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Godfrey has all the cunning characteristic of the criminal lunatic.
"The Red Hand of Ulster" by George A. Birmingham
But it was not the laugh of a lunatic.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Low (Sampson), junr., on Swift's lunatic asylum, 372.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
It consists of a large village populated by some ten or twelve thousand lunatics.
"Criminal Man" by Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
In lunatic asylums, prisons, reformatories, etc., men are attended to by men, and women by women.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
Regular old lunatic, that's what he is.
"The Vast Abyss" by George Manville Fenn
Towards the end of this year, the Queen was somewhat pestered with lunatics.
"Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign" by John Ashton
Don't be a lunatic, Morris, you don't seem to understand my dredful situation.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
One more prod, another kick: now he is a mere lunatic!
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 20 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
He knows how very charming lunatics can be.
"When Ghost Meets Ghost" by William Frend De Morgan
There was a fellow named Te Ua, who had always been looked upon as a harmless lunatic.
"Maori and Settler" by G. A. Henty
Prisons and lunatic asylums among others.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie

In poetry:

Or when the mind, the mind
Is ever-glowing wood,
And fire runs in the blood
Lunatic, blind;
"But Most Thy Light" by John Freeman
God damn it, father-doctor,
I'm really thirty-six.
I see dead rats in the toilet.
I'm one of the lunatics.
"Cripples And Other Stories" by Anne Sexton
But since I laid a hand thereon
And found a heart of stone
I have attempted many things
And not a thing is done,
For every hand is lunatic
That travels on the moon.
"A Man Young And Old: I. First Love" by William Butler Yeats
She keeps us from being what we long to be;
Tenderness withers under her iron laws.
We may hold her like a lunatic, but it is she
Held down, who bloodies with her claws.
"(From) The Invocation to Kali " by May Sarton
Try—try—try—try—to think o' something different —
Oh—my—God—keep—me from goin' lunatic!
(Boots—boots—boots—boots—movin' up an' down again!)
There's no discharge in the war!
"Boots" by Rudyard Kipling
The bellows hissed, and the old smell
Crept on the air of smoking peat,
And round the spark a bubbling flame
Grew bright and loud. Sweeping the gloom
Lunatic shadows fled and came
Whirling about the room.
"Lighting The Fire" by John Freeman

In news:

Marquis de Sade Mirrors Qaddafi in Lunatic-Filled RSC Revival.
Lunatic maybe, misogynist for sure.
Letter from Peter – Lunatic Piran.
The Mongol Rally, equal parts charity fundraiser and lunatic odyssey, was dreamed up by two bored Englishmen and held for the first time in 2004 with six cars.
A lunatic opens fire in public, and even before the cable-news air-fillers do their thing, a sort of involuntary political reflex occurs.
If you've never tasted this talented trio of inspired lunatics, it's time.
"The lunatics are now in charge of the asylum".
The Athens Lunatic Asylum was built in the late 1870s on a hill overlooking the city.
Joan Walsh is officially a lunatic.
"Some say that steelhead fishing is for lunatics…" – Lani Waller, steelhead angler and author.
'Lunatic' soon to be banned from federal law.
The Juneau Rollergirls' two local home teams, the Kilkats and Raven Lunatics, will have their first clash of the season at the Tinsel Town Knock Down, Dec 1 at Centennial Hall.
He knows that the lunatic fringe has taken over the Republican Party.
), who also said the Aurora shooting happened because we lost Jesus, would like America to make sure the term "lunatic" remains in federal law.
How can I delegate financial duties and responsibilities to my colleagues at work without turning into a lunatic who's always balancing accounts with a scientific calculator.

In science:

Given the limitations of efficient observing over two or three lunations each year, three fields were chosen covering 6 hours in RA.
Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA): The input catalogue and star-galaxy separation
MegaPrime shares the rest of the lunation with other instruments. A “run” covers at least a 14 days period around the new Moon.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
Stability of the photometric flat-field corrections Twilight flat-fields are assembled independently for each run of MegaCam (every lunation).
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
Such features normally contribute a small extra noise that averages out on several lunations.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
The vertical gray dotted lines indicate the separation between different MegaCam runs (roughly one run per lunation).
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
For example, observing a 3◦ -wide equatorial field one lunation later than that for which the fiber positions were designed, under the circumstances in table 1, results in a change in field compression due to differential aberration of 0.24 arcsec.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
The designed and actual dates of observation differ by one lunation.
Positioning errors and efficiency in fiber spectrographs
By independently measuring the expression of the gene Lunatic Fringe (Lfng) which is known to be periodic within the somitogenesis cycle of embryonic development, Dequ´eant et al. ordered the 17 experiments within the cycle.
The Cyclohedron Test for Finding Periodic Genes in Time Course Expression Studies