Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the form of crescent.
- In geology, noting certain crescentiform marks or ‘gouges’ attributed to the action of glacial ice. They are thought to be due to localized pressure, as in the process of gouging, and are therefore sometimes called
crescentic gouges. G. K. Gilbert, in Science, Dec. 23, 1904, p. 894.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Crescent-shaped.
- From crescent '(growing) half moon' + -ic; from Anglo-Norman cressaunt, from Old French creissant, from Latin crēscēns ("waxing"), present active participle of crēscō ("come forth, grow"). (Wiktionary)
“(An amphitheater with crescentic tumuli as seatings, by Hargreaves Associates.)”
“The Seychelles Bank and Mauritius form the ends of the crescentic Mascarene Plateau where the ocean shoals to less than 200 meters (m).”
“An amphitheater with crescentic tumuli as seatings, by Hargreaves Associates.”
“They are covered with reddish brown hair, and the sides of the face, in adult males, are commonly produced into two crescentic, flexible excrescences, like fatty tumours.”
“Dr.W. E. Roth describes crescentic hooks of coco-nut shell and wooden hooks with bone barb, and also barbs improvised from one of the spines of the catfish.”
“The crescentic sweep of the wavelets rolled fragments of shell or coral in the mud, successive revolutions adding to the respective bulks by accretion.”
“In no living thing are the lines of beauty more exquisitely defined than in the crescentic borders of these flukes.”
“As marching armies approaching an unfriendly defile in the mountains, accelerate their march, all eagerness to place that perilous passage in their rear, and once more expand in comparative security upon the plain; even so did this vast fleet of whales now seem hurrying forward through the straits; gradually contracting the wings of their semicircle, and swimming on, in one solid, but still crescentic centre.”
“The body protoplasm is generally crescentic; there are two chromatin masses, the larger one, the nucleus, on the side of the convexity, the other narrower, more deeply stained situated usually on the edge of the concavity, the centrosome.”
“I found in the blood, leucocytes more or less loaded with pigment, but in addition to these melaniferous leucocytes, pigmented spherical bodies of variable size possessing amoeboid movement, free or adherent to the red cells; non-pigmented corpuscles forming clear spots in the red cells; finally pigmented elements, crescentic in shape attracted my attention, and from then on I supposed they were parasites.”
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