What does crescent mean?

Definitions for crescent
ˈkrɛs əntcres·cent

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word crescent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. crescent(adj)

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

  2. crescent(a), crescent-shaped, semilunar, lunate(adj)

    resembling the new moon in shape


  1. crescent(Noun)

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

  2. crescent(Noun)

    Something shaped like a crescent, especially:

  3. crescent(Noun)

    A crescent spanner.

  4. crescent(Verb)

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

  5. crescent(Verb)

    To adorn with crescents.

  6. crescent(Adjective)

    marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Crescent(noun)

    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. Crescent(noun)

    anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon

  3. Crescent(noun)

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

  4. Crescent(noun)

    a symbol of Artemis, or Diana

  5. Crescent(noun)

    the ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople

  6. Crescent(noun)

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

  7. Crescent(noun)

    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. Crescent(noun)

    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. Crescent(adj)

    shaped like a crescent

  10. Crescent(adj)

    increasing; growing

  11. Crescent(verb)

    to form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent

  12. Crescent(verb)

    to adorn with crescents

  13. Origin: [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. Ras Lanuf:

    The oil crescent is, thanks to God, under full control.

  2. International Federation of Red Cross:

    Iran is under water. This is an unprecedented crisis ...The Red Crescent response is massive, and it is growing every day.

  3. 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.

  4. Red Crescent:

    No foreign cash help has been given to the Iranian Red Crescent society. With attention to the inhuman American sanctions, there is no way to send this cash assistance.

  5. Christoph Horstel:

    Any neutral institution's inspection is highly welcome, since it will prove the Iranian Red Crescent is abiding with regulations to humanitarian aid. War parties' inspections will be clearly rejected.

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