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Meaning of CRESCENT

Pronunciation:  'kresunt

WordNet Dictionary
  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
  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.
       (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.
    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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