Definition of crescent in English:

crescent

noun

  • 1The curved sickle shape of the waxing or waning moon.

    ‘the moon was a slender crescent’
    • ‘The moon waxes from new to sickle, crescent, half-full and disk, and wanes back again as the relative positions of sun and moon change.’
    • ‘Another difference between the hemispheres, which is often overlooked, is the direction in which the crescents of the Waxing and Waning Moons point.’
    • ‘Every month, the first crescent of the new moon is observed, defining the beginning of the new month, whilst each year Ramadan commences 11 days earlier.’
    • ‘The crescent of the New Moon glowed in the indigo heavens, and to his left, Venus, the Evening Star of Ishtar kept him company.’
    • ‘Another omen claims that if the first crescent of the new Moon appears with its lower horn obscured, stormy weather is indicated in the first phase of the Moon.’
    • ‘The moon was a bright crescent among the sea of stars, each one glowing brightly.’
    • ‘Thirty-three hours later, as the Moon set in the west, it would be visible as a slender crescent.’
    • ‘The moon, waned away to a tiny crescent, didn't emit enough light for him to be sure of his way.’
    • ‘The appearance of a crescent is a phenomena associated with the position of the moon as it reflects light from the sun and it is not subjected to weather or atmospheric conditions.’
    • ‘It will not be washed out by moonlight this year, since the Moon will be a waning crescent just a couple of days from New.’
    • ‘Above me, a silver crescent moon hung, now and then, clouds of dark shadow misting across it.’
    • ‘On the morning of the 19th the yellowish planet will be below and to the left of the Moon's crescent.’
    • ‘The night was silent, all three moons were alive in the sky now and their glowing crescents cast an eerie glow across his face.’
    • ‘Now, it is but a thin waxing crescent!’
    • ‘The Moon will be a waning crescent, just a few days from New, and so will not interfere.’
    • ‘She found him standing alone in the moonlight, staring up at the waxing crescent.’
    • ‘Astronomy was necessary to view the lunar crescent for religious purposes.’
    • ‘Thirty-three hours later, as the Moon set in the west, it would be visible as a slender crescent.’
    • ‘The moon appeared as a thin crescent in the dark, cloudy blue sky.’
    • ‘The view is from Titan's night side, making the moon appear as a thin crescent.’
    1. 1.1A representation of a crescent used as an emblem of Islam or of Turkey.
      ‘on the flag was embroidered the Turkish crescent’
      • ‘They take their name from one of the symbols of Islam, the crescent, and the fact that they are allying together or ‘combining.’’
      • ‘And I mark that the crescent was Mohammed's emblem!’
      • ‘The flag has a red star and crescent, symbolizing Islam, in a white circle in a red field.’
      • ‘The baker asked no reward other than the exclusive right to bake crescent-shaped pastries commemorating the incident, the crescent being the symbol of Islam.’
      • ‘It has been commonly assumed that the crescent - being a symbol of Islam - would be a favoured choice for both literate and illiterate voters alike.’
      • ‘The word is fashioned out of an Islamic crescent, Jewish star and Christian cross.’
    2. 1.2the Crescenthistorical The political power of Islam or of the Ottoman Empire.
  • 2A thing which has the shape of a single curve that is broad in the centre and tapers to a point at each end.

    ‘a three-mile crescent of golden sand’
    • ‘Let's be honest: For most travelers, Honolulu has always been about sunning and swimming along the languorous crescent of golden sand that is Waikiki.’
    • ‘They couldn't see another sign of human life along the three-mile crescent.’
    • ‘Put a generous dollop of beef into the centre of each circle and fold over to form a crescent.’
    • ‘The beach is one of those long sweeping crescents of sand, book-ended by massive piles of granite boulders topped with towering Hoop Pines.’
    • ‘Through the open French windows is a dream beach: a perfect crescent of pristine sand lapped by clear blue water and shaded by tall palm trees.’
    • ‘The long crescent of white sand is shaded by seagrapes and coconut palms and framed by wooded hills.’
    • ‘Magnfied a dozen times, you can see the city centre and Hillbrow forming a greyish crescent at the bottom.’
    • ‘The house is at the centre of a picturesque crescent of houses surrounding a green.’
    • ‘Great sweeping ridges of sand snaked up to star-shaped, wind-blown summits in perfect crescents.’
    • ‘Occasionally a tiny crescent of pure, clean sand provides a few steps of respite.’
    • ‘His unquenchable enthusiasm sees crescents and terraces, a hotel and a library, and bathing machines.’
    • ‘The fireworks party was organised by all of Ben and Sarah's neighbours in a small communal garden at the back of the crescent of houses where they live.’
    • ‘The end result is a three-storey, south-facing crescent, terminating in a taller building at either side, creating a book-end effect.’
    • ‘Now all that surrounds us is a close crescent of dagger-edged, obsidian-black hills.’
    • ‘In the Maldives, the sea is the focal attraction - a perfect narrow crescent of a beach lapped by the lagoon-like Indian Ocean.’
    half-moon, sickle-shape, semicircle
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    1. 2.1British usually in names A street or terrace of houses forming an arc.
      ‘we lived at Westway Crescent’
      • ‘There were no streets, only avenues, crescents and closes.’
      • ‘In the 1820s Bath, Bristol, Dublin, and Edinburgh, cities which had flourished in the eighteenth century, were all still raising classical squares, streets, and crescents.’
      • ‘Townhouses line the streets, crescents, and squares - with some terraces descending quite steeply to the north.’
      • ‘Taking hold of his bag again and sliding the phone into his pocket, he picked up his pace and ran out of the park and wove in and through the complex network of crescents, courts, drives and streets.’
      • ‘The street was in fact a crescent with a large, Victorian home situated at the very end.’
      • ‘Ritchie got out of his car and walked up to number 34 Stanford crescent.’
      road, thoroughfare, way
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    2. 2.2Heraldry A charge in the form of a crescent, typically with the points upward.
  • 3A moth or butterfly with crescent-shaped markings on the wings.

    an orange or brown American butterfly with a silvery mark on the underside of the hindwing (genus Phyciodes, subfamily Melitaeinae, family Nymphalidae). and a brownish European moth with a pale mark on the forewing (several species in the family Noctuidae, in particular Celaena leucostigma).

    ‘Now, 10 years later, the trees are growing strong, welcome news to the pearl crescent butterfly.’

adjective

  • 1attributive Having the shape of a crescent.

    ‘a crescent moon’
    • ‘We had rolls and butter, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes, cabbage salad, and pastries that were shaped like crescent moons and stuffed with roast meat and apples.’
    • ‘Each charm is an alternating crescent moon and star shape.’
    • ‘It was a large oval surrounded by to crescent moon shapes.’
    • ‘Around her neck she wore a pendant shaped like a crescent moon.’
    • ‘It had become a small floating island shaped like a crescent moon, surrounded by a light blue, metallic ocean.’
    • ‘The handle was just a sharply carved crescent moon shape, crudely cut from a tarnishing piece of bronze.’
    • ‘Set on the center was a beautiful purple gem, the shape of a crescent moon.’
    • ‘She had a golden cloak that had a clasp in the shape of a crescent moon.’
    • ‘The shape of a crescent moon was visible against the gray-blue painting overhead.’
    • ‘She was wearing a light blue winter coat with matching earrings in the shapes of crescent moons.’
    • ‘The beach was set out in a crescent moon shape with the ocean lapping up onto the white sand.’
    • ‘She fingered the charm on her necklace, a golden sunburst with the shape of a silver crescent moon in the center.’
    • ‘There was a moon now, an unnatural white, with a jagged crescent shape that made it look as if a bite or two had been taken out of it.’
    • ‘A crescent moon arched overhead, its halo adorning the dark canvas.’
    • ‘Place onto trays and bend into a crescent shape.’
    • ‘Bring the edges together and pinch to seal firmly, forming a crescent shape with a flat base.’
    • ‘The chairs were formed into a perfect crescent shape.’
    • ‘As it approaches us, it appears bigger and more of a crescent shape.’
    • ‘The fleet of 130 ships - including 22 fighting galleons - sailed in a crescent shape.’
    • ‘Transfer the cookies to the prepared sheet pans and bend to a form a crescent shape.’
  • 2literary Growing, increasing, or developing.

    ‘The crescent ray grew to immense proportions and then flew downward.’

Origin

Late Middle English cressant, from Old French creissant, from Latin crescere ‘grow’. The spelling change in the 17th century was due to the influence of the Latin.

Pronunciation

crescent

/ˈkrɛz(ə)nt/ /ˈkrɛs(ə)nt/