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Meaning of CRESCENT

Pronunciation:  'kresunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. [n]  any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters
  2. [adj]  shaped as having two horns; "the horned moon"; "the crescent moon"
 

CRESCENT is a 8 letter word that starts with C.

 

 Synonyms: horned
 
 See Also: curve, curved shape

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \Cres"cent\ (kr[e^]s"sent), n. [OE. cressent,
    cressaunt, crescent (in sense 1), OF. creissant increasing,
    F. croissant, p. pr. of cro[^i]tre, OF. creistre, fr. L.
    crescere to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare to create.
    See {Create}, and cf. {Accrue}, {Increase}, {Crescendo}.]
    1. The increasing moon; the moon in her first quarter, or
       when defined by a concave and a convex edge; also, applied
       improperly to the old or decreasing moon in a like state.
    
    2. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.
    
    3. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an
       emblem or badge; as:
       (a) A symbol of Artemis, or Diana.
       (b) The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople.
           Hence:
       (c) The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the
           taking of Constantinople.
    
                 The cross of our faith is replanted, The pale,
                 dying crescent is daunted.        --Campbell.
    
    4. Any one of three orders of knighthood; the first
       instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in
       1268; the second by Ren['e] of Anjou, in 1448; and the
       third by the Sultan Selim III., in 1801, to be conferred
       upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for
       valuable services. --Brande & C.
    
    5. (Her.) The emblem of the increasing moon with horns
       directed upward, when used in a coat of arms; -- often
       used as a mark of cadency to distinguish a second son and
       his descendants.
    
    
  2. \Cres"cent\ (kr[e^]s"sent), a.
    1. Shaped like a crescent.
    
             Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns.
                                                   --Milton.
    
    2. Increasing; growing.
    
             O, I see the crescent promise of my spirit hath not
             set.                                  --Tennyson.
    
    
  3. \Cres"cent\, v. t.
    1. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a
       crescent. [R.] --Anna Seward.
    
    2. To adorn with crescents.
    
    
 
Dream Dictionary
 
 Definition: Seeing a crescent in your dream, represents the the emergence of your feminine character. It also indicates versatility and changes.
 
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