moonshiner

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n moonshiner someone who makes or sells illegal liquor
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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.
    • n Moonshiner A person engaged in illicit distilling; -- so called because the work is largely done at night.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n moonshiner One who pursues a dangerous or illegal trade at night, as a smuggler; specifically, in the southern United States, an illicit distiller. Also called moonlighter.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Moonshiner a smuggler or illicit distiller of spirits
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Etymology

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

Usage

In literature:

For under the teachings of experience I have sown not starlight and moonshine, but seeds.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
But presently he saw that it was not yellow sunlight but white moonshine which made the beautiful brightness.
"The Magic City" by Edith Nesbit
We had now come in full view of the old family mansion, partly thrown in deep shadow, and partly lit up by the cold moonshine.
"Old Christmas From the Sketch Book of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
It is such lovely moonshine!
"The Home" by Fredrika Bremer
That, however, is a matter of moonshine; we are all descended in a direct line from Adam.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
De slaves would pick a heap of cotton and work till late on moonshining nights.
"Slave Narratives, Oklahoma" by Various
He looked like the ruin of a man in the revealing moonshine.
"A Soldier of the Legion" by C. N. Williamson
And what a lean, meagre, moonshine inheritance does a fashionable mother convey to her offspring!
"Aims and Aids for Girls and Young Women" by George Sumner Weaver
Most of the 'Merry Hearts' are here and several Moonshiners.
"Betty Wales Senior" by Margaret Warde
There he was in a moment; and dreadful the body looked, lying stark and cold in the white moonshine.
"Prince Prigio" by Andrew Lang
It is Rozina, and I am as pale as moonshine.
"Manasseh" by Maurus Jokai
Dr. Moonshine and Lady Magnifico were in the drawing-room, looking over engravings.
"Prudy Keeping House" by Sophie May
All a parcel of moonshine, child!
"A Forgotten Hero" by Emily Sarah Holt
Hope my chance won't prove all moonshine.
"Olla Podrida" by Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
Then as they slipped around the first island there was only the silver of the moonshine spread out over the waters.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
He said that all they had been listening to was simple moonshine.
"Pickwickian Studies" by Percy Fitzgerald
The stems of the aged limes gleamed silvery white in the moonshine.
"Rookwood" by William Harrison Ainsworth
What he seemed to have achieved might turn out to be the merest moonshine.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
They look creepy in the moonshine.
"In the Mahdi's Grasp" by George Manville Fenn
They're all a flash in the pan, and moonshine and dirtiness.
"An Old Man's Love" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

World as light as feather;
Moonshine rays,
Rainbow tints together,
As it plays.
"The Bubble" by William Allingham
We have the glorious sun,
Lamp and fireside.
Grudge not the dead their moonshine
When abroad they ride.
"Dicky" by Robert Graves
And aye a beam of silver light
Fairer than moonshine danced aboon,
And shook their locks--a glimmering white
Not of the moon.
"“The Fairy Rade”" by Madison Julius Cawein
With one farewell
I leave you now, with not a word to tell
Where comedy and moonshine used to dwell
Within a brick-built cell.
"The Last Room" by Bliss William Carman
Year after year, where Andrew came,
Comes evening down the glade,
And still there sits a moonshine ghost
Where sat the sunshine maid.
"A Nuptial Eve" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
"And oh that those glorious haunts were mine!"
He speaks, and throughout the glen
Thin shadows swim in the faint moonshine,
And take a ghastly likeness of men,
As if the slain by the wintry storms
Came forth to the air in their earthly forms.
"Catterskill Falls" by William Cullen Bryant

In news:

A moonshine distillery in Dawsonville City Hall has obtained the final approval.
72 quarts of moonshine found on Tennessee man.
"The Simpsons": The Simpsons family traveled to the Big Apple in the "Moonshine River" season premiere episode Sunday on FOX.
Short Mountain Distillery may be less than a year old, but its moonshine recipe has made - 10:59 am.
Brooks has a new song just out, Moonshine Road.
The first legal moonshine distillery in the state was Ole Smoky Moonshine, which is located in Gatlinburg.
About half of those distilleries produce moonshine.
The leader of the legal moonshine market is Ole Smoky Moonshine, located in the nearby Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg.
Brooks has a new song just out, Moonshine Road.
Moonshine maker touts family history , whiskey.
Chuck Miller has been selling moonshine for 25 years — well, legally at least.
While having a bite to eat, they talk about their moonshine operation.
New thinking for moonshine jug .
Down where the willows weep, in rural Virginia, three brothers made names for themselves as moonshiners.
Can You Really Run a Car on Moonshine.
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In science:

Mason, Modular invariance of trace functions in orbifold theory and generalized moonshine, Comm.
Toward classfication of rational vertex operator algebras with central charges less than 1
Zhu, Discrete series of the Virasoro algebra and the moonshine module, Proc.
Toward classfication of rational vertex operator algebras with central charges less than 1
Mason, Modular invariance of trace functions in orbifold theory and generalized moonshine, Comm.
Rational vertex operator algebras are finitely generated
Zhu, Discrete series of the Virasoro algebra and the moonshine module, in “Algebraic Groups and their Generalizations: Quantum and Infinite-dimensional Methods” (W.J.
Simplicity of a vertex operator algebra whose Griess algebra is the Jordan algebra of symmetric matrices
Twisted modules for vertex operator algebras were introduced in the construction of the moonshine module vertex operator algebra V ♮ by I.
Generalized twisted modules associated to general automorphisms of a vertex operator algebra
Mason, Modular invariance of trace functions in orbifold theory and generalized moonshine, Commun.
Generalized twisted modules associated to general automorphisms of a vertex operator algebra
Li, Local systems of twisted vertex operators, vertex operator superalgebras and twisted modules, in: Moonshine, the Monster, and related topics Mount Holyoke, 1994, ed. C.
Generalized twisted modules associated to general automorphisms of a vertex operator algebra
Gannon, Moonshine beyond the Monster: the bridge connecting algebra, modular forms and physics, Cambridge Monographs on Mathematical Physics, Cambridge University Press, 2006.
Universal central extensions of twisted forms of split simple Lie algebras over rings
Gannon, Moonshine beyond the Monster: The bridge connecting algebra, modular forms and physics.
On affine extension of splint root systems
Duncan, On Rademacher Sums, the Largest Mathieu Group, and the Holographic Modularity of Moonshine, arXiv:1110.3859.
Gauge Threshold Corrections for N = 2 Heterotic Local Models with Flux, and Mock Modular Forms
Huang, A nonmeromorphic extension of the moonshine module vertex operator algebra, Contemporary Math., to appear.
Simple currents and extensions of vertex operator algebras
The famous moonshine module vertex operator algebra V ♮ [FLM] is the first mathematically rigorous construction of Z2 -orbiford theory, which is constructed by using a vertex operator algebra together with an irreducible Z2 -twisted module.
The theory of physical superselection sectors in terms of vertex operator algebra language
The famous moonshine moonshine vertex operator algebra V ♮ [FLM] was built as an extension of a vertex operator algebra by an irreducible module. (Another conceptual proof can be found in [Hua].) One important problem is to determine whether one can have an extension.
The theory of physical superselection sectors in terms of vertex operator algebra language
We give two examples, both based on the Moonshine module V ♮ .
Conformal Designs based on Vertex Operator Algebras
For the Moonshine module V ♮ and n = 2 they were first obtained by S.
Conformal Designs based on Vertex Operator Algebras
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