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Princeton's WordNet

  1. moonlight, moonshine, Moonnoun

    the light of the Moon

    "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy"; "the Moon was bright enough to read by"

  2. moonshine, bootleg, corn liquorverb

    whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

  3. moonshineverb

    distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine


  1. moonshinenoun

    The light of the moon; moonlight.

  2. moonshinenoun

    Illegally distilled liquor, so named because much of the manufacturing process often is conducted without artificial light at night when the moon is shining.

    They watered down the moonshine.

  3. moonshinenoun


    He was talking moonshine.

  4. moonshinenoun

    A branch of pure mathematics relating the monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions; see .

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Moonshine, Moonshinyadjective

    Illuminated by the moon: both seem a popular corruption of moonshining.

    Etymology: moon and shine.

    Fairies, black, grey, green, and white,
    You moonshine revellers, and shades of night. William Shakespeare.

    Althought it was a fair moonshine night, the enemy thought not fit to assault them. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    I went to see them in a moonshiny night. Addison.

  2. Moonshinenoun

    Etymology: moon and shine.

    Pinch him, and burn him, and turn him about,
    Till candles, and starlight, and moonshine be out. William Shakespeare.

    I, by the moonshine, to the windows went:
    And, ere I was aware, sigh’d to myself. John Dryden, Span. Fr.

    I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines
    Lag of a brother. William Shakespeare, King Lear.


  1. Moonshine

    Moonshine is high-proof liquor that is usually produced illegally. The name was derived from a tradition of creating the alcohol during the nighttime, thereby avoiding detection. In the first decades of the 21st century, commercial distilleries have begun producing their own novelty versions of moonshine, including many flavored varieties.


  1. moonshine

    Moonshine has few different meanings based on the context: 1. Illegally distilled or smuggled alcohol, often homemade and typically high proof and unregulated. 2. Foolish talk or ideas; nonsense. 3. In mathematics, it's a connection between certain sequences of numbers and related mathematical structures. 4. Romantic or dreamy quality or atmosphere, often associated with the light of the moon. 5. In fantasy literature and mythology- a magical or enchanted influence or atmosphere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Moonshinenoun

    the light of the moon

  2. Moonshinenoun

    hence, show without substance or reality

  3. Moonshinenoun

    a month

  4. Moonshinenoun

    a preparation of eggs for food

  5. Moonshineadjective



  1. Moonshine

    Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, or Tennessee white whiskey is a high-proof distilled spirit, generally produced illicitly. The word is believed to derive from the term "moonrakers" used for early English smugglers and the clandestine nature of the operations of illegal Appalachian distillers who produced and distributed whiskey.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. moonshine

    Illicit hollands, schiedam, and indeed smuggling in general; excused as a matter of moonshine. A mere nothing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of moonshine in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of moonshine in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of moonshine in a Sentence

  1. Henry Louis Mencken:

    We are here and it is now. Further than that, all human knowledge is moonshine.

  2. H.L. Mencken:

    We are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

  3. Sir Walter Scott:

    We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider everything as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.

  4. Jaime Joyce:

    Moonshine has huge crossover appeal, its renegade reputation makes it alluring to consumers who want a little taste of tradition. It makes them feel a little outlaw, too, without breaking any laws.

  5. Pat Dillingham:

    It was our deep love for Southern culture that was the inspiration for American Born Moonshine.

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    a bright spot on the parhelic circle; caused by diffraction by ice crystals
    • A. hypostatization
    • B. taper
    • C. brashness
    • D. sundog

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