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Moon. n.s. [μηνὴ; mena, Gothick; mena, Saxon; mona, Islandick; maane, Danish; mane, German; maen, Dutch.]

  1. The changing luminary of the night, called by poets Cynthia or Phœbe.

    The moon shines bright: 'twas such a night as this,
    When the sweet wind did gently kiss the trees,
    And they did make no noise.

    O swear not by the moon, th' inconstant moon,
    That monthly changes in her circled orb,
    Lest that thy love prove likewise variable.

    Diana hath her name from moisten, which is the property of the moon, being by nature cold and moist, and is feigned to be a goddess huntress. Peacham.

    Ye moon and stars bear witness to the truth! Dryden.

  2. A month. Ains.

  3. [In fortification.] It is used in composition to denote a figure resembling a crescent: as, a half moon.

Sources: Ainsworth, Robert (56) · Dryden, John (788) · Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice (83) · Peacham, Henry (53) · Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (46)

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