• WordNet 3.6
    • n lunation the period between successive new moons (29.531 days)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lunation The period of a synodic revolution of the moon, or the time from one new moon to the next; varying in length, at different times, from about 291/4 to 295/6 days, the average length being 29 d., 12h., 44m., 2.9s.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lunation The period of a synodic revolution of the moon, or the time from one new moon to the next.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Lunation the time between two revolutions of the moon: a lunar month
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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
Cf. Lunated
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lunarisluna, the moon—lucēre, to shine.


In literature:

The pursuer is evidently intoxicated, probably lunatic!
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
But some of our prisons are even larger than our lunatic asylums.
"Captain Jinks, Hero" by Ernest Crosby
Back of the Workhouse, and occupying the extreme upper portion of the island, is the New York City Lunatic Asylum.
"Lights and Shadows of New York Life" by James D. McCabe
Twelve lunations, therefore, form a period of 354 days, which differs only by about 111/4 days from the solar year.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
And if old Wayne says a word, arrest him as a lunatic.
"The Napoleon of Notting Hill" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Later on it was used as a lunatic asylum, and was so when Thorne wrote his "Environs" in 1876.
"Hammersmith, Fulham and Putney" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Besides, begging your pardon, she's hardly bad enough for a lunatic asylum.
"The Shrieking Pit" by Arthur J. Rees
Why, because the man's a raving lunatic.
"Ministry of Disturbance" by Henry Beam Piper
All I can see is a pack of lunatics playing Russian roulette with five chambers loaded out of six.
"The Cosmic Computer" by Henry Beam Piper
Makann was a raving lunatic, and all the followers he had were a handful of lunatics like him.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper

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
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
Yet mair -- by yonder horned moon,
Its clear ye're a' hornmad as soon
As clocks Beate fix;
Sweet, sweet the sounding warning comes!
And sitting down on stubborn bums
Ye a' turn -- lunatics.
"To The Members Of The Sober Society; Sent To The Same With An Engraving" by Hector MacNeill
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
The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans
Atop the broken universal clock:
The hour is crowed in lunatic thirteens.
Out painted stages fall apart by scenes
While all the actors halt in mortal shock:
The idiot bird leaps out and drunken leans.
"Doomsday" by Sylvia Plath

In news:

Would you call him a lunatic to his face.
So here I am babbling on like a lunatic.
'Lunatic' outing a rewarding endeavor .
Can A Person's First Name REALLY Tell You If They're A Lunatic Behind The Wheel.
Do you roll your eyes when yet another crazed lunatic blames feminists for the most recent natural disaster.
It's now time for that new smashing hit Lunatic Limbo.
' Lunatic ' outing a rewarding endeavor.
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.
As in a conservative federal judge, appointed by Reagan, who recently called the conservative GOP "goofy" and a "crowd of lunatics.".
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.
'Seven Psychopaths' Review: It's a Throat-Slitting, Bloody, Lunatic Hoot.
'Lunatics' a mystery romp with lots of laughs.
But portraying oneself as a lunatic usually provides only fleeting fame.
You're a nutcase, we're lunatics, everyone in this crazy old world is out of their mind in one way or another.
This lunatic teachers union president from Washington shows how Democrats and their labor partners have put adults first in their quest for power.

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