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gibbous

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj gibbous (used of the moon) more than half full
    • adj gibbous characteristic of or suffering from kyphosis, an abnormality of the vertebral column
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gibbous Hunched; hump-backed.
    • Gibbous Swelling by a regular curve or surface; protuberant; convex; as, the moon is gibbous between the half-moon and the full moon. "The bones will rise, and make a gibbous member."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • gibbous Having a hunch or protuberance on the back; hunched; humpbacked; crookbacked.
    • gibbous Specifically Swelling by a regular curve; convex, as the moon is when more than half and less than full, the illuminated part being then convex on both margins.
    • gibbous In botany, having a rounded protuberance at the side or base.
    • gibbous In zoology, convex but not regularly rounded; somewhat irregularly raised or swollen; protuberant; humped; gibbose.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Gibbous gib′us hump-backed: swelling, convex, as the moon when nearly full—also Gibb′ose
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. gibbeux,. See Gibbose
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. gibbosus=gibberosusgibber, a hump.

Usage

In literature:

But the student-lamp on the table had burned out, and the light of the gibbous moon was creeping in through the open windows.
"The Ruling Passion" by Henry van Dyke
The gibbous moon still hangs in the sky and casts a feeble light over the scene.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
Under the stars, under the gibbous moon, assuredly they would sleep.
"Crome Yellow" by Aldous Huxley
The night was clear, and a gibbous moon was high in the sky.
"Camp-fire and Wigwam" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
When gibbous, it denotes sickness, decadence, losses, and trouble.
"How to Read the Crystal" by Sepharial
The staring eyes of a white, gibbous face sank back from the hole.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
The pileus is two to three inches in diameter, bell-shaped, convex, gibbous, tawny-yellow, with darker scales, rather viscid.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
Dense, utter, impenetrable darkness reigned, and even the gibbous moon, floating overhead, seemed to give no light.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, May, 1930" by Various
It turned as the skip moved, and from a crescent it became a half-circle and then a gibbous near-oval shape.
"The Hate Disease" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Over the top of the great ranges a gibbous moon rose slowly.
"Gold" by Stewart White
And one gibbous side was further decorated with bold black script advertising the establishment of its origin.
"The Bandbox" by Louis Joseph Vance
If she were white, she might pass for a Caucasian, but for that gibbous under-lip.
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
The broadly gibbous p. and s. dark umber; g. deep violet.
"European Fungus Flora: Agaricaceae" by George Massee
A belt of forest illumined by a gibbous moon met my eyes; nothing else.
"Lost Man's Lane" by Anna Katharine Green
The lovers had little to say to each other, as the canoe slipped back down the whispering river under that gibbous moon.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
A gibbous moon brightened the sky and silvered the slopes about me.
"A Maid of the Kentucky Hills" by Edwin Carlile Litsey
Ovary ovoid, soon gibbous, pointed, stigma 2-lobed.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Outer lip thickened, reflected, with a gibbous obsolete tooth within.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson
How Oxen in some Countries began and continue gibbous or bunch-back'd?
"The Works of Sir Thomas Browne (Volume 2 of 3)" by Thomas Browne
Its head is short and deep, with a thin and gibbous profile, and small mouth.
"Bass, Pike, Perch, and Others" by James Alexander Henshall
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In poetry:

Mine are the night and morning,
The pits of air, the gull of space,
The sportive sun, the gibbous moon,
The innumerable days.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
Mine are the night and morning,
The pits of air, the gulf of space,
The sportive sun, the gibbous moon,
The innumerable days.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
So gaunt against the gibbous moon,
Piercing the silence velvet-piled,
A lone wolf howls his ancient rune —
The fell arch-spirit of the Wild.
"The Land God Forgot" by Robert W Service
A bat, against the gibbous moon,
Danced, implike, with its lone delight;
The glowworm scrawled a golden rune
Upon the dark; and, emerald-strewn,
The firefly hung with lamps the night.
"Garden Gossip" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

As seen from around the world, the waxing gibbous moon shines in front of the constellation Taurus the Bull tonight.
Gibbous Moon, from a NASA animation.
The gibbous shadows that could be seen on the horizon were those of oxen pulling plows.
99% Waxing Gibbous Moon Click to enlarge.
About two hours after sunset on February 18, look for the waning gibbous moon and the constellation Leo the Lion shining side by side over the eastern horizon.
The 2011 Lyrid meteor shower is now picking up steam in the light of the waning gibbous moon.
DYBERRY TOWNSHIP, PA — This once-in-a-lifetime shot of a passing jetliner, silhouetted against a waxing gibbous moon, was captured by Dave Soete on April 4 when he just happened to be out taking photographs of the moon.
The waxing gibbous moon shines close to the Pleiades star cluster tonight.
Tonight, the waxing gibbous moon shines close to Regulus, the brightest star in the constellation Leo the Lion.
Can you find the star that is shining close to the big and bright waxing gibbous moon tonight.
Here is the waning gibbous moon near the star Antares in the southeast sky shortly after midnight on April 3.
The waxing gibbous moon glides past the star Spica in the constellation Virgo this evening.
THE MOON is gibbous waning tonight and wanes to last quarter by Saturday.
A waning gibbous moon brightens much of our nights this week, reaching last-quarter Wednesday, December 6th.
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In science:

Toward the observer the reflecting face of the near jet hemisphere will be crescent-shaped and that of the far jet hemisphere will be gibbous.
A Simple Bipolar Jet Model for the Polarization of Core-Collapse Supernovae
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