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  • The figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
  • Something shaped like a crescent, especially:
         - A curved pastry.
         - A curved street, often presenting a continuous fa├žade, as of row houses.
  • crescent-shaped: Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon
  • marked by an increase, Waxing, as the moon;
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia



Cres"cent (kr&ebreve;s"sent), n. [OE. cressent, cressaunt, crescent (in sense 1), OF. creissant increasing, F. croissant, p. pr. of croître, OF. creistre, fr. L. crescere to increase, v. incho.; akin to creare to create. See Create, and cf. Accrue, Increase, Crescendo.] 1. 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.

2. Anything having the shape of a crescent or new moon.

3. A representation of the increasing moon, often used as an emblem or badge; as: (a) A symbol of Artemis, or Diana. (b) The ancient symbol of Byzantium or Constantinople. Hence: (c) The emblem of the Turkish Empire, adopted after the taking of Constantinople.

The cross of our faith is replanted,
The pale, dying crescent is daunted.
Campbell.

4. Any one 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 III., in 1801, to be conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services. Brande & C.

5. (Her.) 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.

Cres"cent (kr&ebreve;s"sent), a. 1. Shaped like a crescent.

Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns.
Milton.

2. Increasing; growing.

O, I see the crescent promise of my spirit hath not set.
Tennyson.

Cres"cent, v. t. 1. To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent. [R.] Anna Seward.

2. To adorn with crescents.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)



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