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Meaning of MONTH

Pronunciation:  munth

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a time unit of 30 days; "he was given a month to pay the bill"
  2. [n]  one of the twelve divisions of the calendar year; "he paid the bill last month"

MONTH is a 5 letter word that starts with M.


 Synonyms: calendar month
 See Also: anomalistic month, calendar week, full moon, full phase of the moon, full-of-the-moon, Gregorian calendar month, half-moon, Hindu calendar month, Islamic calendar month, Jewish calendar month, lunar month, lunation, moon, new moon, new phase of the moon, period, period of time, Revolutionary calendar month, sidereal month, solar month, synodic month, time period, time unit, unit of time, week, year



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Month\, n. [OE. month, moneth, AS. m[=o]n?, m[=o]na?;
akin to m[=o]na moon, and to D. maand month, G. monat, OHG.
m[=a]n[=o]d, Icel. m[=a]nu?r, m[=a]na?r, Goth. m[=e]n[=o]?s.
[root]272. See {Moon}.]
One of the twelve portions into which the year is divided;
the twelfth part of a year, corresponding nearly to the
length of a synodic revolution of the moon, -- whence the
name. In popular use, a period of four weeks is often called
a month.

Note: In the common law, a month is a lunar month, or
      twenty-eight days, unless otherwise expressed.
      --Blackstone. In the United States the rule of the
      common law is generally changed, and a month is
      declared to mean a calendar month. --Cooley's

{A month mind}.
(a) A strong or abnormal desire. [Obs.] --Shak.
(b) A celebration made in remembrance of a deceased person a
    month after death. --Strype.

{Calendar months}, the months as adjusted in the common or
   Gregorian calendar; April, June, September, and November,
   containing 30 days, and the rest 31, except February,
   which, in common years, has 28, and in leap years 29.

{Lunar month}, the period of one revolution of the moon,
   particularly a synodical revolution; but several kinds are
   distinguished, as the {synodical month}, or period from
   one new moon to the next, in mean length 29 d. 12 h. 44 m.
   2.87 s.; the {nodical month}, or time of revolution from
   one node to the same again, in length 27 d. 5 h. 5 m. 36
   s.; the {sidereal}, or time of revolution from a star to
   the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 11.5 s.; the
   {anomalistic}, or time of revolution from perigee to
   perigee again, in length 27 d. 13 h. 18 m. 37.4 s.; and
   the {tropical}, or time of passing from any point of the
   ecliptic to the same again, equal to 27 d. 7 h. 43 m. 4.7

{Solar month}, the time in which the sun passes through one
   sign of the zodiac, in mean length 30 d. 10 h. 29 m. 4.1

Easton Bible Dictionary

Among the Egyptians the month of thirty days each was in use long before the time of the Exodus, and formed the basis of their calculations. From the time of the institution of the Mosaic law the month among the Jews was lunar. The cycle of religious feasts depended on the moon. The commencement of a month was determined by the observation of the new moon. The number of months in the year was usually twelve (1 Kings 4:7; 1 Chr. 27:1-15); but every third year an additional month (ve-Adar) was inserted, so as to make the months coincide with the seasons.

"The Hebrews and Phoenicians had no word for month save 'moon,' and only saved their calendar from becoming vague like that of the Moslems by the interpolation of an additional month. There is no evidence at all that they ever used a true solar year such as the Egyptians possessed. The latter had twelve months of thirty days and five epagomenac or odd days.", Palestine Quarterly, January 1889.

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