Definitions

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  • noun astrology a full moon or new moon, when the Earth-Moon distance is in the lowest tenth of its range

Etymologies

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Blend of super and moon

Examples

  • AccuWeather blogger Mark Paquette said he thinks the phrase "supermoon" originated on the blog post earlier this month, Paquette said a new or full moon at 90 percent or more of its closest perigee qualifies as a "supermoon."

    ABC News: Top Stories

  • I do hope I can help mitigate the panic and worry that can happen due to people blaming this earthquake on the so-called "supermoon" -- a date when the Moon is especially close to the Earth at the same time it's full.

    The "SuperMoon" and the Japan earthquake

  • "It is called a supermoon because this is a very noticeable alignment that at first glance would seem to have an effect," Garvin explained.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The seed for the idea was planted by an astrologer, who contended that this large full moon - a so-called "supermoon"- would touch off natural disasters like the

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth.

    'Supermoon' Visible This Weekend

  • A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • In fact, it will appear 12.3 percent smaller than the so-called supermoon of March 2011.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • The moon will appear about 12 percent smaller than the so-called supermoon we observed earlier this year.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Local News

  • A supermoon is a new or full moon that happens to coincide with a close approach of the moon to the earth.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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