first quarter

first quar·ter
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst kwawr-ter]
    • /fɜrst ˈkwɔr tər/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [furst kwawr-ter]
    • /fɜrst ˈkwɔr tər/

Definitions of first quarter words

  • noun first quarter the instant, approximately one week after a new moon, when one half of the moon's disk is illuminated by the sun. 1
  • noun first quarter one of the four principal phases of the moon, occurring between new moon and full moon, when half of the lighted surface is visible from earth 0
  • noun first quarter the time of month between new moon and first half-moon 0
  • noun first quarter the phase of the moon after the waxing crescent when only the right half of its face, when viewed from the Northern Hemisphere, reflects sunlight to the earth 0

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Origin of first quarter

First appearance:

before 1905
One of the 15% newest English words
First recorded in 1905-10

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first quarter popularity

This term is known only to a narrow circle of people with rare knowledge. Only 6% of English native speakers know the meaning of this word.
According to our data most of word are more popular. This word is almost not used. It has a much more popular synonym.

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