moonshine

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v moonshine distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine
    • n moonshine whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash
    • n moonshine the light of the Moon "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy","the Moon was bright enough to read by"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: California police in the 1920s thought they had gotten the drop on a moonshiner. They raided what they thought was a still and found, instead, inventor Philo T. Farnsworth, working on something that was later to become television.
    • Moonshine A month.
    • Moonshine A preparation of eggs for food.
    • Moonshine Designating, or pertaining to, illicit liquor; as, moonshine whisky.
    • Moonshine Empty; trivial; idle.
    • Moonshine Hence, show without substance or reality.
    • Moonshine Liquor smuggled or illicitly distilled, especially liquor distilled illegally in rural parts of the southern U. S.
    • a Moonshine Moonlight. "I went to see them in a moonshiny night."
    • Moonshine The light of the moon.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moonshine The shining or light of the moon.
    • n moonshine Figuratively (as light without heat), show without substance or reality: pretense; empty show; fiction: as, that's all moonshine.
    • n moonshine A month.
    • n moonshine A dish of poached eggs served with a sauce.
    • n moonshine Smuggled spirits: so called as being brought in or taken away at night.
    • moonshine Illuminated by the moon.
    • moonshine Nocturnal.
    • moonshine Empty; trivial.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Moonshine the shining of the moon: :
    • Moonshine (fig.) show without reality: poached eggs with sauce: a month
    • Moonshine (U.S.) smuggled spirits
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. móna; cf. Ger. mond, L. mensis, Gr. mēnē.

Usage

In literature:

The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.
"Shorty McCabe on the Job" by Sewell Ford
Sunshine, and not moonshine; and Don stared.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
I don't want to have any talking about it, you know; for it will all be moonshine, I suspect.
"The Pirate of the Mediterranean" by W.H.G. Kingston
So, you perceive, my description has been all moonshine.
"The King's Own" by Captain Frederick Marryat
So there's a ghost story for you, and I believe that all others will be found, like mine, to end in moonshine.
"Poor Jack" by Frederick Marryat
Soon it grew too dark to see objects distinctly, but an occasional gleam of moonshine came to his aid.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
There doesn't seem to be any chance of a row with the dons; I expect it was all moonshine, from the first.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
There he was in a moment; and dreadful the body looked, lying stark and cold in the white moonshine.
"Prince Prigio From "His Own Fairy Book"" by Andrew Lang
From her window Kitty looked down on the Campo which lay patched with black shadows and moonshine.
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The scenes are laid along the waters of the Cumberland, the lair of moonshiner and feudsman.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
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In poetry:

Ever since, through so many a year,
Norway's ships must beside them hear,
Clearest in nights of moonshine:
"Taken the great Long Serpent,
Fallen is Olaf Trygvason."
"Olaf Trygvason" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Oh, who is she, and what is she?
A beauty born eternally
Of shimmering moonshine, sunset flame,
And rose-red heart of dawn;
None knows the secret ways she came–
Whither she journeys on.
"Niamh" by Anna Johnston MacManus
At night, by moonshine would he stray,
Along the upland dreary;
And, talking wildly all the way,
Would fancy, 'till the Sun uprose,
That Heav'n, in pity, mark'd the woes—
Of which his soul was weary.
"The Deserted Cottage" by Mary Darby Robinson
Nay—stay! I wish I were an Elm tree,
A great, lofty Elm tree, with green leaves gay!
The winds would set them dancing,
The sun and moonshine glance in,
The birds would house among the boughs,
And sweetly sing.
"Wishing" by William Allingham
Then Willie and Jenny turned in the sweet moonshine,
And he said to me through his tears, "Let your good name be mine,"
"And what do I care for Jane." She was never over-wise,
Never the wife for Willie: thank God that I keep my eyes.
"An Attempt To Remember The "Grandmother's Apology"" by Horace Smith
The phantom sky-line of a shadowy down,
Whose pale white cliffs below
Through sunny mist aglow,
Like noon-day ghosts of summer moonshine gleam---
Soft as old sorrow, bright as old renown,
There lies the home, of all our mortal dream.
"Homeward Bound" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

A moonshine distillery in Dawsonville City Hall has obtained the final approval it needs to offer samples of legal moonshine to visitors.
DAWSONVILLE(AP) — A moonshine distillery in Dawsonville City Hall has obtained the final approval it needs to offer samples of legal moonshine to visitors.
'Moonshiners' star Tim Smith wants to go legit , says investors are wary.
But once he and Matasar decided to apply for a legitimate distiller's license and go into business, he stopped making moonshine.
JB And The Moonshine Band To Play Longhorn Saloon.
JB and the Moonshine Band will play country and more at 10:30 pm Saturday at Longhorn Saloon, 6400 US 71.
New projects by Kellie Pickler, Jamey Johnson and Texas country band JB and the Moonshine Band made the cut, which was revealed on the magazine 's website on Friday (Dec.
SC State Museum marks moonshine, wine celebration.
'The Voice' Recap: Of Moonshine and Men .
'The Voice' Recap: Of Moonshine and Men.
Moonshine makers set up shop in Ga. Thursday, December 13, 2012.
SC cops seek suspect, find moonshine instead.
Kix Brooks's ' Moonshine Road' – Song Review.
Manchester's own Onyx Moonshine , an authentic Prohibition-era small-batch spirit, has partnered with 12 Hartford-area restaurants for a holiday cocktail crawl Dec 14 to 29.
News You Can Now Take Classes at Moonshine University.
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In science:

For Frenkel, Lepowsky and Meurman’s Moonshine module vertex operator algebra V ♮ [FLM], many involutions have been constructed in [M] as formal exponentials of the weight-zero component e(0) of the vertex operator associated to a Virasoro element e.
The theory of physical superselection sectors in terms of vertex operator algebra language
Zhu, Discrete series of the Virasoro algebras and the Moonshine module, Proc.
The theory of physical superselection sectors in terms of vertex operator algebra language
Huang, A non-meromorphic extension of the Moonshine module vertex operator algebra, Contemporary Math., to appear.
The theory of physical superselection sectors in terms of vertex operator algebra language
The present terrestrial atmosphere (observed with moonshine, which was a highlight several years ago) shows reasonable evidence for biological input (Turnbull et al. 2006).
Astrophysics in 2006
See also Borcherds’ survey articles about moonshine [B94] and [B98]. A brief overview of the historical development of the sub ject can be found in [FLM88].
Borcherds' proof of the Conway-Norton conjecture
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