What does Crescent mean?

Definitions for Crescent
ˈkrɛs əntcres·cent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. crescentadjective

    any shape resembling the curved shape of the moon in its first or last quarters

  2. crescent(a), crescent-shaped, semilunar, lunateadjective

    resembling the new moon in shape


  1. crescentnoun

    The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.

  2. crescentnoun

    Something shaped like a crescent, especially:

  3. crescentnoun

    A crescent spanner.

  4. crescentverb

    To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.

  5. crescentverb

    To adorn with crescents.

  6. crescentadjective

    marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.

  7. Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CRESCENTadjective

    Increasing; growing; in a state of increase.

    Etymology: from cresco, Latin.

    I have seen him in Britain: he was then of a crescent note. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    With these in troop
    Came Astoreth, whom the Phœnicians call’d
    Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns. John Milton, P. L.

  2. Crescentnoun

    The moon in her state of increase; any similitude of the moon increasing.

    Etymology: crescens, Lat.

    My pow’r’s a crescent, and my auguring hope
    Says it will come to th’ full. William Shakespeare, Anthony and Cleopatra.

    Or Bactrian sophy, from the horns
    Of Turkish crescent, leaves all waste beyond
    The realm of Aladule, in his retreat. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

    Jove in dusky clouds involves the skies,
    And the faint crescent shoots by fits before their eyes. Dryd.

    And two fair crescents of translucent horn,
    The brows of all their young increase adorn. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.


  1. Crescent

    A crescent shape (, UK also ) is a symbol or emblem used to represent the lunar phase in the first quarter (the "sickle moon"), or by extension a symbol representing the Moon itself. In Hinduism, Lord Shiva is often shown wearing a crescent moon on his head symbolising that the lord is the master of time and is himself timeless. It is used as the astrological symbol for the Moon, and hence as the alchemical symbol for silver. It was also the emblem of Diana/Artemis, and hence represented virginity. In Christianity Marian veneration, it is associated with the Virgin Mary. From its use as roof finial in Ottoman era mosques, it has also become associated with Islam, and the crescent was introduced as chaplain badge for Muslim chaplains in the US military in 1993.


  1. crescent

    A crescent is a shape or symbol that resembles a segment of a ring, tapering to points at the ends. This term is often used to describe the phase of the moon when it appears less than half illuminated. It can also refer to anything that has this curved shape.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crescentnoun

    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. Crescentnoun

    anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon

  3. Crescentnoun

    a representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge

  4. Crescentnoun

    a symbol of Artemis, or Diana

  5. Crescentnoun

    the ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople

  6. Crescentnoun

    the emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople

  7. Crescentnoun

    any one of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by Rene 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

  8. Crescentnoun

    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

  9. Crescentadjective

    shaped like a crescent

  10. Crescentadjective

    increasing; growing

  11. Crescentverb

    to form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent

  12. Crescentverb

    to adorn with crescents

  13. Etymology: [OE. cressent, cressaunt, crescent (in sense 1), OF. creissant increasing, F. croissant, p. pr. of crotre, OF. creistre, fr. L. crescere to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare to create. See Create, and cf. Accrue, Increase, Crescendo.]


  1. Crescent

    In art and symbolism, a crescent is generally the shape produced when a circular disk has a segment of another circle removed from its edge, so that what remains is a shape enclosed by two circular arcs of different diameters which intersect at two points. In astronomy, a crescent is the shape of the lit side of a spherical body that appears to be less than half illuminated by the Sun as seen by the viewer. Mathematically, assuming the terminator lies on a great circle, such a crescent will actually be the figure bounded by a half-ellipse and a half-circle, with the major axis of the ellipse coinciding with a diameter of the semicircle. The direction in which the "horns" face indicates whether a crescent is waxing or waning. Eastward pointing horns indicate a waxing crescent, whereas westward pointing horns indicate a waning crescent. Note that the directions the horns point relative to the observer are reversed in the Southern hemisphere.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Crescent

    kres′ent, adj. increasing: shaped like the new or old moon.—n. the moon as she increases towards half-moon: a figure like the crescent moon, as that on the Turkish standard: the standard itself: the Turkish power: a range of buildings in curved form.—n. Cres′centade, a religious war for Islam.—adjs. Cres′cented, Crescent′ic, formed like a crescent; Cres′cive (Shak.), increasing. [L. crescens, crescent-is, pr.p. of crescĕre, to grow.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. crescent

    The figure or likeness of the new moon borne in the Turkish flag or national standard; also the standard itself.

  2. crescent

    The name of three orders of knighthood; the first instituted by Charles I., king of Naples and Sicily, in 1268; the second by René of Anjou, in 1448; and the third by the sultan Selim, in 1801. Of these the last is still in existence, and is remarkable for the fact that none but Christians are eligible. See Crescent, Turkish Order of.

  3. crescent

    In heraldry, is used both as a bearing or charge, and as a difference or mark of cadency. In the latter case it designates the second son, and those that descend from him.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Crescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Crescent in a Sentence

  1. William Faulkner:

    No one is without Christianity, if we agree on what we mean by that word. It is every individual's individual code of behavior by means of which he makes himself a better human being than his nature wants to be, if he followed his nature only. Whatever its symbol -- cross or crescent or whatever -- that symbol is man's reminder of his duty inside the human race.

  2. Ibrahim Jathran:

    We announce the preparation of our ground forces and supporting forces in the oil region, and our objective is to overturn the injustice for our people over the past two years, the past two years have been catastrophic for people in the oil crescent because of the presence of the system of injustice which is the other face of terrorism and extremism.

  3. Elizabeth Hoff:

    We need to go in with the Syrian Arab Red Crescent for a door-to-door basement, if there are these cases we need to verify and make sure they get urgent treatment, i sent an immediate request to authorities for more supplies to be brought in. We are asking for mobile clinics and medical teams to be dispatched.

  4. Sarem Rezaie:

    The cargo will be delivered to the WFP (World Food Programme), which will give it to the Yemeni Red Crescent to distribute it among innocent Yemeni people.

  5. Ko Nakata:

    The Red Crescent Society is operating under the Islamic State's control. Why don't we seek Turkey's mediation and give the money for the people affected by the conflicts in Iraq and Syria? I believe this could be a rational, acceptable option.

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    • A. tantamount
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