Moonlight vs Moonwake - What's the difference?

moonlight | moonwake |


As nouns the difference between moonlight and moonwake

is that moonlight is the light reflected from the moonwebster's college dictionary , random house, 2001 while moonwake is the reflection of moonlight on a body of water.

As a verb moonlight

is to work on the side (at a secondary job), often in the evening or during the night.

moonlight

English

Noun

(-)
  • The light reflected from the moon.Webster's College Dictionary , Random House, 2001
  • (attributive) Illuminated by the light from the moon.The Illustrated Oxford Dictionary , Oxford University Press, 1998
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To work on the side (at a secondary job), often in the evening or during the night.
  • (by extension) To engage in an activity other than what one is known for.
  • Usage notes

    In American English, to moonlight is simply to work at secondary employment;Mish, Drederick C. (ed.). 1995. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary.'' 10th ed. Springfield, MA: Merriam-Webster. in British English, it used to imply working secretly (i.e., not paying tax on the extra money earned), but more recent editions of some UK dictionaries no longer mention a difference to the US usage.Treffry, Diana (ed.). 1999. ''Collins Paperback English Dictionary. 4th ed. Glasgow: HarperCollins.

    Derived terms

    * moonlighter

    References

    moonwake

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The reflection of moonlight on a body of water.
  • I was long puzzled to know why this moonwake always followed as I walked ...'' — Daniel A. Goodsell, ''Nature and Character at Granite Bay , 1901
    And they grew and brightened and gathered; and whiles together they ran. Like the moonwake over the waters; and whiles they were scant and wan, ...'' — William Morris, ''The Story of Sigurd the Volsung , 1922
    Mariners sometimes call the moving path of light leading to the moon the ''moonwake'' , because it looks like the white wash of a ship's wake.'' — The Atlantic, ''Word Fugitives , March, 2006

    Synonyms

    * moonglade