Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Showing a progressively larger lighted surface, as of a planet or the moon; waxing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Increasing; growing; augmenting; swelling: specifically applied to the moon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Increasing; growing; augmenting; swelling; enlarging.
  • adjective (Her.) Increasing; on the increase; -- said of the moon represented as the new moon, with the points turned toward the dexter side.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun heraldry A crescent oriented with horns turned to dexter (pointing left).

Etymologies

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

[Latin incrēscēns, incrēscent-, present participle of incrēscere, to increase; see increase.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

C 1675, from Latin increscens, present participle of increscere

Examples

  • For I assure you that the horror I then conceived for those pale botanical specimens in their pestiferous and increscent abundance, exceeded what words can describe.

    Angels & Ministers

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.