Webster 1913 Edition
mōna; akin to D.
maan, OS. & OHG.
māsmoon, month; prob. from a root meaning to measure (cf. Skr.
māto measure), from its serving to measure the time. √271. Cf.
The celestial orb which revolves round the earth; the satellite of the earth; a secondary planet, whose light, borrowed from the sun, is reflected to the earth, and serves to dispel the darkness of night. The diameter of the moon is 2,160 miles, its mean distance from the earth is 240,000 miles, and its mass is one eightieth that of the earth. See
Lunar month, under
moon, the diadem of night.
A secondary planet, or satellite, revolving about any member of the solar system;
moonsof Jupiter or Saturn
The time occupied by the moon in making one revolution in her orbit; a month;
as, it’s been many.
moonssince I last visited Washington
A crescentlike outwork. See
A kind of ophthalmia liable to recur at intervals of three or four weeks.
a dial used to indicate time by moonlight.–
a round face like a full moon.–
a lunar month.–
a shrubby species of medic (–
Medicago arborea). See
a lunar year, consisting of lunar months, being sometimes twelve and sometimes thirteen.–
blue moonin the vocabulary.
a long time.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To expose to the rays of the moon.
If they have it to be exceeding white indeed, they seethe it yet once more, after it hath been thus sunned and
To act if moonstruck; to wander or gaze about in an abstracted manner.
mooningdown the river by himself.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.The heavenly orb which revolves round the earth; a secondary planet or satellite of the earth, whose borrowed light is reflected to the earth and serves to dispel the darkness of night. Its mean distance from the earth is 60 1/2 semidiameters of the earth, or 240,000 miles. Its revolution round the earth in 27 days, 7 hours, 43 minutes, constitutes the lunar month.
2.A month. This is the sense in which rude nations use the name of the moon; as seven moons.
Half-moon, in fortification, a figure resembling a crescent.