Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
  • n. Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
  • n. A curved pastry.
  • n. A curved street, often presenting a continuous façade, as of row houses.
  • adj. Crescent-shaped.
  • adj. Waxing, as the moon; increasing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
  • n. Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
  • n. A crescent spanner.
  • adj. marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.
  • v. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
  • v. To adorn with crescents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Shaped like a crescent.
  • adj. Increasing; growing.
  • n. The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
  • n. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
  • n. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge.
  • n. A symbol of Artemis, or Diana.
  • n. The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople.
  • n. The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.
  • n. Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by René of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
  • n. The emblem of the increasing moon with horns directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; -- often used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and his descendants.
  • transitive v. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
  • transitive v. To adorn with crescents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Increasing; growing: specifically applied to the moon during its first quarter, when its visible portion is increasing in area, in the curved form called a crescent (see II.).
  • Shaped like the appearance of the moon during its first quarter.
  • n. The period of apparent growth or increase of the moon in its first quarter: as, the moon is in its crescent.
  • n. The increasing part of the moon in its first quarter, or the similarly shaped decreasing part in its last quarter, when it presents a bow of light terminating in points or horns: as, the crescent of the moon.
  • n. The moon itself in either its first or its last quarter; the new or the old moon.
  • n. Something in the shape of the crescent moon; a crescent-shaped object, construction, device, or symbol.
  • n. In heraldry, a bearing in the form of a young or new moon, usually borne horizontally with the horns uppermost. See decrescent and increscent.
  • n. In architecture, a range of buildings in the form of a crescent or half-moon: as, Lansdowne Crescent in London.
  • n. A Turkish military musical instrument with bells or jingles.
  • n. A defect in a horse's foot, when the coffin-bone falls down.
  • n. In lace-making, a cordonnet of considerable projection inclosing part of the pattern of point-lace, giving it relief, and separating it from the ground or from other parts of the pattern.
  • n. A small roll of bread of various kinds, made in the form of a crescent.
  • To form into a crescent.
  • To surround partly in a semicircular or crescent form.
  • n.
  • n. The curved, sausage-shaped gametocyte of Laverania, the parasite of pernicious *malaria (which see, with cut).
  • n. In certain extinct cardioid pelecypods, a lunate flattening of the shell-surface just behind the beaks. It specially characterizes the Devonian genus Honeoyea.
  • n. In the extinct trimerellid brachiopods, a curved and narrow muscular scar on each valve just within the cardinal margin.
  • n. In plate-armor, one of the small pieces of steel used to protect joints. See gusset .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. resembling the new moon in shape
  • n. any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters

Etymologies

Middle English cressaunt, from Anglo-Norman, variant of Old French creissant, from present participle of creistre, to grow, from Latin crēscere.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crēscēns, present active participle of crēscō ("arise, thrive"). (Wiktionary)

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