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moon

Noun

1 the natural satellite of the Earth; "the average distance to the moon is 384,400 kilometers"; "men first stepped on the moon in 1969"
2 any object resembling a moon; "he made a moon lamp that he used as a night light"; "the clock had a moon that showed various phases"
3 the period between successive new moons (29.531 days) [syn: lunar month, lunation, synodic month]
4 the light of the moon; "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy"; "the moon was bright enough to read by" [syn: moonlight, moonshine]
5 United States religious leader (born in Korea) who founded the Unification Church in 1954; was found guilty of conspiracy to evade taxes (born in 1920) [syn: Sun Myung Moon]
6 any natural satellite of a planet; "Jupiter has sixteen moons"

Verb

1 have dreamlike musings or fantasies while awake; "She looked out the window, daydreaming" [syn: daydream]
2 be idle in a listless or dreamy way [syn: moon around, moon on]
3 expose one's buttocks to; "moon the audience"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

Old English mōna < Proto-Germanic *mænon- < Proto-Indo-European *me(n)ses (moon, month) < PIE base *mē-&sup2; (to measure).

Pronunciation

Proper noun

the moon
  1. The Moon, the satellite of planet Earth.

Noun

  1. Any substantially sized natural satellite of a planet.
  2. In the context of "literary": A month, particularly a lunar month.
    Many moons ago...

Quotations

  • 1957, Ed Heruhy, “NEW MOON Reds Launch First Space Satellite”, International News, Universal
    Today a new moon is in the sky, a twenty-three-inch metal sphere placed in orbit by a Russian rocket.

Synonyms

the Moon, the satellite of planet Earth
any substantially sized natural satellite of a planet
month
Translations to be checked

Verb

  1. In the context of "transitive|slang": To display one’s buttocks to, in jest.
  2. (usually followed by over or about) To fuss over adoringly or with great affection.
    Sarah mooned over Sam’s photograph for months.

Translations

to display one’s buttocks to
to fuss over adoringly

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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