gibbous
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin gibbosus humpbacked, from Latin gibbus hump Date: 14th century 1. a. marked by convexity or swelling b. of the moon or a planet seen with more than half but not all of the apparent disk illuminated 2. having a hump ; humpbacked

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  • Gibbous — Gib bous, a. [Cf. F. gibbeux. See {Gibbose}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Swelling by a regular curve or surface; protuberant; convex; as, the moon is gibbous between the half moon and the full moon. [1913 Webster] The bones will rise, and make a gibbous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gibbous — c.1400, bulging, convex, from L.L. gibbus hunchbacked, from L. gibbus hump, hunch, of uncertain origin. Of the moon from early 15c.; also used from 15c. of hunchbacks …   Etymology dictionary

  • gibbous — meaning ‘convex, protuberant’, especially with reference to the moon, is pronounced gib ǝs …   Modern English usage

  • gibbous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ (of the moon) having the illuminated part greater than a semicircle and less than a circle. ORIGIN Latin gibbosus, from gibbus hump …   English terms dictionary

  • gibbous — [gib′əs] adj. [ME < L gibbosus < gibba: see GIB1] 1. protuberant; rounded and bulging 2. designating the moon, a planet, etc. in that phase in which more than half, but not all, of the face reflects sunlight to the earth: see MOON 3.… …   English World dictionary

  • gibbous — adj. Gibbous is used with these nouns: ↑moon …   Collocations dictionary

  • gibbous —    Characterized by convexity; protuberant. Often used to refer to the moon when it is more than half, but less than fully illuminated. Gibbosity is the condition of being gibbous. (pr. GI b?s) …   Glossary of Art Terms

  • gibbous — protuberant, convex; a lunar shape between circle and semicircle …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • gibbous — См. gibbose …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • gibbous — gibbously, gibbosely, adv. gibbousness, gibboseness, n. /gib euhs/, adj. 1. Astron. (of a heavenly body) convex at both edges, as the moon when more than half full. See diag. under moon. 2. humpbacked. Also, gibbose /gib ohs/. [1350 1400; ME < L… …   Universalium

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