Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. In the shape of a half-moon, i.e. semicircular.
  • n. A fortification constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin.
  • n. A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A work constructed beyond the main ditch of a fortress, and in front of the curtain between two bastions, intended to defend the curtain; a ravelin. See ravelin.
  • n. A crescentic mass of granular protoplasm present in the salivary glands.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A crescent.
  • n. In fortification, an outwork consisting of two faces and two little flanks, constructed to cover the curtain and shoulders of the bastion.
  • Crescent-shaped.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He described it as a demilune—meaning half moon—gaming table.

    Picky on Provenance

  • A refined demilune table wrapped in rope, a lampshade crafted from metal mesh, and a petrified log used as an accent table are all creative ways to incorporate texture into an interior.

    Thom Filicia Style

  • And he laid his hand, as Drayton might have said, on that stout bastion, hornwork, ravelin, or demilune, which formed the outworks to the citadel of his purple isle of man.

    Westward Ho!

  • We passed the demilune, we passed the culverin, bayoneting the artillerymen at their guns; we advanced across the two tremendous demilunes which flank the counterscarp, and prepared for the final spring upon the citadel.

    Novels by Eminent Hands

  • He walked over to the demilune table and set down the Filofax, pulling a snow-white handkerchief out of the pocket of his shorts.

    The Merlot Murders

  • Clinging there, my impressions were indelible: a glass with a small demilune of drink, a woman's satin robe over a chairback.

    The Vatican Rip

  • Wimbledon; the gallant Sir Hatton, I say, being of hot temper, superior officer, and the service a storm-party on some bastion or demilune, speaks sharp word of command to Sir Thomas Dutton, who also is probably of hot temper in this hot moment.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

  • Beginning a little to the right of the spinal column, I cut a huge demilune out of his new spring overcoat, bringing it round as far under his left side (which was the right side of the navvy) as I dared.

    The Day's Work - Volume 1

  • There is, for instance, the demilune of lined buckram borne by the weak-eyed on their foreheads, the phylactery of the have-beens -- I lay myself open to be believed a cripple, or to look an old fool.

    In a Green Shade A Country Commentary

  • Then you reach a plateau covered with cane, whose yellow expanse is bounded on the right by a demilune of hills sharply angled as crystals; -- on the left it dips seaward; and before you Pelée's head towers over the shoulders of intervening mornes.

    Two Years in the French West Indies

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