Definitions

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

  • adjective Of, involving, caused by, or affecting the moon.
  • adjective Measured by the revolution of the moon.
  • adjective Of or relating to silver.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In Arabic gram., a fanciful term applied to the class of consonants before which the l of the article al is not assimilated in pronunciation: so called because including q, the initial of qamar, moon. Opposed to solar.
  • Of, pertaining, or relating to the moon: as, the lunar changes; lunar observations.
  • Situated or moving like the moon; acting as a moon.
  • Measured by the revolutions of the moon: as, lunar months or years.
  • Resembling the moon; round: as, a lunar shield, specifically, in anatomy and zoology:
  • Supposed to be affected by or due to the influence of the moon: as, lunar madness.
  • In anatomy, of or pertaining to the lunare, or semilunar bone of the carpus.
  • Pertaining to silver: from the moon being the alchemical symbol of that metal: as, lunar caustic (nitrate of silver).
  • In navigation, tables for correcting the apparent distance of the moon from the sun, or from a fixed star, on account of refraction and parallax, and for deducing the longitude of the observer from the lunar data given in the almanac.
  • noun In navigation, lunar distance, or an observation for lunar distance: as, to take a lunar.

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

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the moon.
  • adjective Resembling the moon; orbed.
  • adjective Measured by the revolutions of the moon.
  • adjective Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or properties.
  • adjective (Med. Chem.) silver nitrate prepared to be used as a cautery; -- so named because silver was called luna by the ancient alchemists.
  • adjective Same as Metonic cycle. See under Cycle.
  • adjective the angular distance of the moon from the sun, a star, or a planet, employed for determining longitude by the lunar method.
  • adjective the method of finding a ship's longitude by comparing the local time of taking (by means of a sextant or circle) a given lunar distance, with the Greenwich time corresponding to the same distance as ascertained from a nautical almanac, the difference of these times being the longitude.
  • adjective See Month.
  • adjective an observation of a lunar distance by means of a sextant or circle, with the altitudes of the bodies, and the time, for the purpose of computing the longitude.
  • adjective (Astron.), (Navigation) Tables for correcting an observed lunar distance on account of refraction and parallax.
  • adjective the period of twelve lunar months, or 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, and 34.38 seconds.
  • noun (Astron.) A lunar distance.
  • noun (Anat.) The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus; -- called also semilunar, and intermedium.

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

  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, the Moon; moonly.
  • adjective Crescent shaped, lunate.
  • adjective Of, or pertaining to, silver.
  • noun astronomy A lunar distance.
  • noun anatomy The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus.

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

  • adjective of or relating to or associated with the moon

Etymologies

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

[Middle English, crescent-shaped, from Old French lunaire, from Latin lūnāris, of the moon, from lūna, moon; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin lūnāris.

Examples

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