What does crescent mean?

Definitions for crescent
ˈkrɛs əntcres·cent

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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

Wiktionary

  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.

    Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

  2. crescent(Noun)

    Something shaped like a crescent, especially:

    Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

  3. crescent(Noun)

    A crescent spanner.

    Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

  4. crescent(Verb)

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

    Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

  5. crescent(Verb)

    To adorn with crescents.

    Etymology: From crescens, present active participle of cresco.

  6. crescent(Adjective)

    marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.

    Etymology: 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

    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.]

  2. Crescent(noun)

    anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon

    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.]

  3. Crescent(noun)

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

    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.]

  4. Crescent(noun)

    a symbol of Artemis, or Diana

    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.]

  5. Crescent(noun)

    the ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople

    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.]

  6. Crescent(noun)

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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  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

    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.]

  9. Crescent(adj)

    shaped like a crescent

    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.]

  10. Crescent(adj)

    increasing; growing

    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.]

  11. Crescent(verb)

    to form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent

    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.]

  12. Crescent(verb)

    to adorn with crescents

    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.]

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Ras Lanuf:

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

  5. 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.

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