As adjectives the difference between gibbous and crescent
is that gibbous
is characterized by convexity; protuberant while crescent
is marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.
As a noun crescent is
the figure of the moon as it appears in its first or last quarter, with concave and convex edges terminating in points.
As a verb crescent is
to form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
Characterized by convexity; protuberant.
*1886 , Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge ,
*:In fact, what these gibbous human shapes specially represented was ready money—money insistently ready [...]
(astronomy) Phase of moon or planet between first quarter and full or between full and last quarter.
*1697 , Dryden, Aeneid ,
*:A pointed flinty rock, all bare and black,
*:Grew gibbous from behind the mountain's back;
* gibbous moon
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 façade, as of row houses.
(Islam) A representation of the symbol used by Islamic caliphates
(NZ) A crescent spanner.
(historical) Any of three orders of knighthood conferred upon foreigners to whom Turkey might be indebted for valuable services.
(heraldiccharge) The emblem of the waxing 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.
A crescentspot butterfly.
* crescent roll
* Fertile Crescent
(dated, rare) marked by an increase; waxing, like the Moon.
Shaped like a crescent.
- O, I see the crescent promise of my spirit hath not set.
- Astarte, queen of heaven, with crescent horns.
To form into a crescent, or something resembling a crescent.
To adorn with crescents.