Definitions

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

  • n. A crescent-shaped portion of a plane or sphere bounded by two arcs of circles.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fit of lunacy or madness; a period of frenzy; a crazy or unreasonable freak
  • n. A concave figure formed by the intersection of the arcs of two circles on a plane, or on a sphere the intersection between two great semicircles
  • n. Anything crescent-shaped
  • n. A leash for a hawk

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Anything in the shape of a half moon.
  • n. A figure in the form of a crescent, bounded by two intersecting arcs of circles.
  • n. A fit of lunacy or madness; a period of frenzy; a crazy or unreasonable freak.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Anything in the shape of a crescent or half-moon.
  • n. In geometry, a figure formed on a sphere or on a plane by two arcs of circles which inclose a space.
  • n. A fit of lunacy or madness; a mad freak or tantrum.
  • n. A leash: as, the lune of a hawk.
  • n. Another spelling of loon.

Etymologies

Latin lūna, moon.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin luna ("moon"). (Wiktionary)
From French lune, from Latin luna. (Wiktionary)
Alteration of lyon. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • They'd memorized every type of being that made a planet what it was, just by piecing together Le'lune's stories of more developed planets, and by asking El during a talkative mood swing.

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  • 5.8 Lunes and Triangles Begin by reminding students that a lune is a crescent-shaped fi gure

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  • Woven through several two- to six-minute selections (ideal for downloading from iTunes, yet cherished by violin fans) is the theme of night in multiple manifestations: The title track, a song by Claude Debussy; "Nocturne," by the ill-fated Lili Boulanger, who died at the age of 24; moonlight (Debussy's beloved "Clair de lune"); and dreams (Gabriel Fauré's wistful "Après un rêve," which Ms. Jansen plays with tender yearning).

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  • See a picture of the dad, here, and read about the lune de miel that he offered our Braise ...

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  • Face à ce paysage je suis face à l'Est; c'est donc l'occasion d'assister aux levers de soleil et aussi de pleine lune.

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  • The French word for “honey” is definitely “le miel” and not “le vin”. ( 'honeymoon' is "lune de miel" ... not .... 'de vin'!)

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  • Expressions: une lune de miel = a honeymoon des paroles de miel = honeyed words, sweet nothings doux comme le miel = sweet like honey faire son miel de quelque chose = to profit from something (an idea, information) lit: "to make one's honey from something" être tout sucre, tout miel = to be polite in an exaggerated or hypocritical way

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  • "A Chopin waltz, Clair de lune by Debussy, a lot of pieces."

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  • Sixteen have been merited good enough to make it onto the publisher's website, from Nathalie Tavignot's Croissant de lune (Crescent Moon), in which a series of murders occur in a village whose inhabitants have just woken from a long sleep and remember nothing, to Ghislain Hammer's poetry collection Les colosses nus (The Naked Colossi).

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