Movable feast
Movable Mov"a*ble, a. [Cf. OF. movable. See {Move}.] 1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture; susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a movable steam engine. [Also spelled {moveable}.]

Syn: transferable, transferrable, transportable. [1913 Webster]

2. Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i. e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year to year. [1913 Webster]

{Movable letter} (Heb. Gram.), a letter that is pronounced, as opposed to one that is quiescent.

{Movable feast} (Ecclesiastical), a holy day that changes date, depending on the lunar cycle. An example of such a day is {Easter}. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • movable feast — Feast Feast (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast, OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr. festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Fair}, n., {Festal}, {F[^e]te}.] 1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • movable feast — n BrE 1.) informal something that happens at different times, so that you are not sure exactly when it will happen 2.) a special religious day, such as Easter, the date of which changes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • movable feast — noun count 1. ) a religious holiday that is on a different date in different years, for example, Easter 2. ) BRITISH INFORMAL something that can be arranged to happen at any time that suits people …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • movable feast — noun a religious holiday that falls on different dates in different years • Syn: ↑moveable feast • Hypernyms: ↑feast day, ↑fete day • Hyponyms: ↑Easter, ↑Passover, ↑Pesach, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • movable feast — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms movable feast : singular movable feast plural movable feasts 1) British informal something that can be arranged to happen at any time that suits people 2) a religious holiday that is on a different date in… …   English dictionary

  • Movable feast — Term given to feast days determined by the date of *Easter, which itself is movable, taking place on the first Sunday following each spring s first full moon. Such feast days are: Ash Wednesday, Lent, Ascension Thursday, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • movable feast — noun a day of note, frequently Christian, the date of which moves from year to year according to a set of rules. Ant: fixed feast, immovable feast …   Wiktionary

  • movable feast — a religious feast that does not occur on the same date each year. [1275 1325; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • movable feast — /muvəbəl ˈfist/ (say moohvuhbuhl feest) noun 1. a feast day which may fall on different dates in different years, as Easter Sunday, determined by the date of the full moon after 20 March. 2. an occasion which can be moved readily to whatever date …   Australian English dictionary

  • movable feast — noun (C) 1 BrE informal something that happens at different times, so that you are not sure exactly when it will happen 2 a special religious day, such as Easter, the date of which changes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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