Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Lunar \Lu"nar\, n.
Lunar \Lu"nar\ (l[=u]"n[~e]r), a. [L. lunaris, fr. luna the moon. See Luna, and cf. Lunary.]
Of or pertaining to the moon; as, lunar observations.
Resembling the moon; orbed.
Measured by the revolutions of the moon; as, a lunar month.
Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or properties; as, lunar herbs. --Bacon. Lunar caustic (Med. Chem.), silver nitrate prepared to be used as a cautery; -- so named because silver was called luna by the ancient alchemists. Lunar cycle. Same as Metonic cycle. See under Cycle. Lunar distance, the angular distance of the moon from the sun, a star, or a planet, employed for determining longitude by the lunar method. Lunar method, the method of finding a ship's longitude by comparing the local time of taking (by means of a sextant or circle) a given lunar distance, with the Greenwich time corresponding to the same distance as ascertained from a nautical almanac, the difference of these times being the longitude. Lunar month. See Month. Lunar observation, an observation of a lunar distance by means of a sextant or circle, with the altitudes of the bodies, and the time, for the purpose of computing the longitude. Lunar tables.
(Astron.) Tables of the moon's motions, arranged for computing the moon's true place at any time past or future.
(Navigation) Tables for correcting an observed lunar distance on account of refraction and parallax.
Lunar year, the period of twelve lunar months, or 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes, and 34.38 seconds.
Lunar may refer to:
- Relating to the Moon
- Lunar distance (navigation)
- Lunar Design a San Francisco based design consultancy
- Lunar Linux
- Hasselblad Lunar, a mirrorless digital camera based on the Sony Alpha NEX-7
- Lunar (series), a series of console video games
- "Lunar", a song Priestess from the album Prior to the Fire
- "Lunar Cometh", the forthcoming album by musician Birdengine
The Lunar games are a series of role-playing video games, developed by Game Arts in Japan and published in the United States by Working Designs, Ubisoft, and Xseed Games.
The original releases of The Silver Star and Eternal Blue, were published for Mega-CD in Japan and Sega CD in North America. They were later remade for the Japanese Sega Saturn with considerable story, graphical, and musical changes. These remakes were later ported to the PlayStation in Japan and North America. The first game was also ported to the Microsoft Windows computer platform in Japan and Korea, and was later remade for the Game Boy Advance and PlayStation Portable in Japan and North America.
A side-story game, Lunar: Walking School for the Game Gear, was also remade for the Sega Saturn but has seen no North America release in any form. Backed by publisher Ubisoft, Game Arts created a new Lunar installment for the Nintendo DS, released in September 2005 in North America.
"Lunar" is a song by French disc jockey and record producer David Guetta in collaboration with Dutch music producer and DJ Afrojack, from Guetta's fifth studio album, Nothing but the Beat. The instrumental track was released digitally on August 15, 2011, as the second of three promotional singles from the album, following the song Titanium.
a. 1 Of, or pertaining to, the Moon; moonly. 2 Crescent-shaped, lunate. 3 Resembling the moon; orbed. 4 Influenced by the moon, as in growth, character, or properties. 5 (context alchemy English) Of, or pertaining to, silver. n. 1 (context astronomy English) A lunar distance. 2 (context anatomy English) The middle bone of the proximal series of the carpus.
adj. of or relating to or associated with the moon; "lunar surface"; "lunar module"
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"crescent-shaped," early 15c.; "pertaining to the moon," 1620s, from Old French lunaire (15c.), from Latin lunaris "of the moon," from luna "moon" (with capital L- "moon goddess"); see Luna.\n\n
Usage examples of "lunar".
They were indeed the same dark folk who had shanghaied Carter on their noisome galley so long ago, and whose kith he had seen driven in herds about the unclean wharves of that accursed lunar city, with the leaner ones toiling and the fatter ones taken away in crates for other needs of their polypous and amorphous masters.
One wall, facing the borehole, was just a single huge pane of tough, anhydrous lunar glass.
Vancouver Lunar Circle, particularly engineers Guy Immega and Ray Maxwell, physicist Douglas Beder, and astronomer Jaymie Matthews.
My principal consultants and unindicted co-conspirators were the gentlemen who have assisted me with all of my recent novels, the Vancouver Lunar Circle, particularly engineers Guy Immega and Ray Maxwell, physicist Douglas Beder, and astronomer Jaymie Matthews.
As a result, the planned concentration of blows in the lunar core did not come about, and the cavitation took place eccentrically.
And I need the observations of the lunar magnetometer and electrometer coordinated with a set of readings taken on Phobos and on Satellite Nine.
Andromeda about the period of the birth of Stephen Dedalus, and in and from the constellation of Auriga some years after the birth and death of Rudolph Bloom, junior, and in and from other constellations some years before or after the birth or death of other persons: the attendant phenomena of eclipses, solar and lunar, from immersion to emersion, abatement of wind, transit of shadow, taciturnity of winged creatures, emergence of nocturnal or crepuscular animals, persistence of infernal light, obscurity of terrestrial waters, pallor of human beings.
The Feen held shares in the multinational Lunar Enterprise System, so Cogdill paid heed.
Archer was even stalling around on the matter of letting Ace serve the Feen with a perfectly legitimate murder warrant, issued by a Lunar court.
A tour shop, its entrance flanked by glass-cased, bright-lit posters showing the vast rise of Olympus Mons, the gorge of Marineris just as vast, Io spuming yellow, red, and black, the desolation of the lunar highlands, coral reefs on Earth, fishless and stark, Earth itself viewed from orbit.
In world myth and folklore, many images are seen: a woman weaving, stands of laurel trees, an elephant jumping off a cliff, a girl with a basket on her back, a rabbit, the lunar intestines spilled out on its surface after evisceration by an irritable flightless bird, a woman pounding tapa cloth, a four-eyed jaguar.
On the edge of the plateau stands Barbe Barber, the Institute of Medical Meditation, an elaborate and ancient building in the grand fifty-first epoch manner, as fugal as Angkor Wat, as uncompromising as the Lunar Enterventual.
The ancient Hierophantic calendar is based on a lunar year divided into twelve 29-day months and four seasonal festivals, which account for an additional twelve days.
Their garments, of silk and cloth of silver, of velvets cunningly embroidered, displayed the new heraldry that honored the Empress, and was therefore watery and lunar: crabs, crayfish, clamshells, lymphads, the moon in all her phases, fish, eels, crocodiles.
The mutineer barricades resembled the piles of furniture dumped in the hallways whenever the solid lunar rock floors in the living quarters were resealed.