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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ At least Morton would never fall into that trap ... But it was all moonshine.
▪ He decides that his desires are simply moonshine.
▪ His refusal to forswear moonshine, however, mocked her with the most painful failure of all.
▪ Like most country bootleggers, Sam bottled his moonshine in canning jars.
▪ The nearest bank was headed for, and out came their supply of local moonshine.
▪ What do these guys think we do in Texas, boil moonshine in the back woods?
▪ With an awkward smile he gulped what remained of his moonshine and set the cup on the table.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Moonshine \Moon"shine`\, n.

  1. The light of the moon.

  2. Hence, show without substance or reality.

  3. A month. [R.]

  4. A preparation of eggs for food. [Obs.]

  5. Liquor smuggled or illicitly distilled, especially liquor distilled illegally in rural parts of the southern U. S.


Moonshine \Moon"shine`\, a. Moonlight. [R.]

2. Empty; trivial; idle.

3. Designating, or pertaining to, illicit liquor; as, moonshine whisky. [Dial. Eng., & Colloq. or Slang, U. S.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1500, "moonlight," from moon (n.) + shine (n.). In figurative use, implying "appearance without substance," from late 15c.; perhaps connected in that sense with notion of "moonshine in water" (see moonraker). Meaning "illicit liquor" is attested from 1785 (earliest reference is to that smuggled on the coasts of Kent and Sussex); moonlight also occasionally was used in this sense early 19c. As a verb from 1883. Related: Moonshiner (1860).


n. 1 (context literally English) The light of the moon; moonlight. 2 Illegally distilled liquor, so named because much of the manufacturing process is often conducted without artificial light at night when the moon is shining. 3 (context colloquial English) nonsense 4 (context mathematics English) A branch of pure mathematics relating the monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions; see (w: monstrous moonshine). 5 (context US English) A spiced dish of eggs and fried onions. 6 (context obsolete English) A month.

  1. n. the light of the moon; "moonlight is the smuggler's enemy"; "the moon was bright enough to read by" [syn: moonlight, moon]

  2. whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash [syn: bootleg, corn liquor]


v. distill (alcohol) illegally; produce moonshine


Moonshine, white lightning, mountain dew, hooch, homebrew, and white whiskey are terms used to describe high- proof distilled spirits that are generally produced illicitly. Moonshine is typically made with corn mash as the main ingredient. Liquor-control laws in the United States that prohibit moonshining, once consisting of a total ban under the 18th Amendment to the United States Constitution, now center primarily on evasion of revenue taxation on spiritous and/or intoxicating liquors, and are enforced by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of the United States Department of Justice; such enforcers of these laws are known by the often derisive nickname of "revenooers".

Moonshine (Savage song)

"Moonshine" is a single by Savage featuring Akon that was released in 2005. It was also included on Savage's 2008 album Savage Island. The song was certified " Gold" in Australia.

Moonshine (Savage album)

Moonshine is the debut solo album of New Zealand hip-hop artist, Savage released in 2005. The album includes a bonus track featuring Akon. In 2005, it reached number two in the New Zealand charts.

Moonshine (disambiguation)

Moonshine is moonlight, the light that reaches Earth from the Moon

Moonshine may also refer to:

  • Moonshine, colloquial term for illicitly distilled, illegally produced alcoholic beverages
  • Moonshine theory, a mathematical theory
  • Umbral moonshine in mathematics
Moonshine (1918 film)

Moonshine is a 1918 American short comedy film directed by and starring Fatty Arbuckle.

While the film is considered incomplete, there are different surviving prints of varying quality. The Kino The Genius of Buster Keaton DVD release presents about 6 minutes and thirty seconds, sourced from the Cineteca Nazionale of Rome.

Moonshine (Bert Jansch album)

Moonshine is the eighth album by Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch, released in 1973.

On 16 October 2015, Earth Recordings reissued the album in digital, CD, and vinyl formats; the latter additionally available as a picture disc.

Moonshine (Dave Douglas album)

Moonshine is the 28th album by trumpeter Dave Douglas. It was released on the Greenleaf label in 2007 and features a live performance recorded in a studio in front of an audience by Douglas, Adam Benjamin, DJ Olive, Gene Lake, Marcus Strickland, and Brad Jones.

Moonshine (Kate Maki album)

Moonshine is the fifth album by Canadian singer-songwriter Kate Maki, released in May 2011. The album was released independently on Maki's own Confusion Unlimited label, with distribution by Outside Music.

Guest musicians include Nathan Lawr, Dale Murray and members of Cuff the Duke.

Moonshine (2006 film)

Moonshine is a 2006 film written and directed by Roger Ingraham. It was chosen to screen at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2006. It was made on a $9,700 budget including the purchase of a 24p digital camera (Panasonic DVX100). Pre-production took around two years.

The film was Roger Ingraham's first, and is a vampire story based in his hometown of Stafford Springs, Connecticut. Production was 22 days long, with the film containing many landmarks of Stafford. The budget was kept so low largely in part due to the help of the locals, with many citizens of Stafford helping by donating cars for car crash scenes, and with even the town police helping out with the movie.

The film's plot revolves around the disconnection of the protagonist as he suffers the cancer of his mother and the paralysis of his father. After taking a tedious, dead-end job with a chain-smoking manager who regards her employees with disdain, the protagonist eventually takes matters into his own hands, and falls into a horrific chain of events he never thought possible.

Moonshine (Bruno Mars song)

"Moonshine" is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Bruno Mars for his second studio album Unorthodox Jukebox (2012). It was written by Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, Ari Levine, Andrew Wyatt, Jeff Bhasker and Mark Ronson who also served as its producer along with the former three, under their alias, The Smeezingtons, and Bhasker. "Moonshine" is a midtempo dance-pop, power pop and R&B record. In addition to be heavily influenced by quiet storm style and a " disco groove". Development of "Moonshine" began while Mars, Ronson and Bhasker "went out one night" and drunk moonshine all night long. When they returned to the studio they started jamming, while Mars screamed "Moonshine, take us to the stars!".

The song was released as the second promotional single on November 19, 2012. It was set to be issued on contemporary hit radio as the fourth single of the album in Europe and South America, as announced by Brazilian Warner Music Group in their official website. However, it was replaced by " Gorilla", which had already been released in the United States and Oceania at the time. Commercially, "Moonshine" charted only in South Korea, where it reached number 17, along with the release of its parent album. It eventually charted in both Belgium charts in 2013, peaking at number 30 on the Ultratop 50 Flanders and Ultratip Wallonia, a component of the Ultratop 50 Wallonia at number four. On the following year, it debuted in France, spending 11 weeks on the chart, Netherlands and Poland, during the month of January, peaking at number 117, 32 and 11, respectively.

It received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who compared its composition to the works of Michael Jackson, Prince and Madonna. Musically, the track has a "retro" vibe, which is noted on the "flanged guitar notes", "moody chord progressions" and "cheesy flecks of synthesizer". Its lyrics, had different interpretations with some using its denotative meaning, saying that Mars tries to escape "to ecstasy in a bottle of his favorite vice", while others took a connotative approach by writing that "Moonshine" is about "longing for the high water mark of a relationship", which becomes "impossible to reach". The track was performed on the Moonshine Jungle Tour (2013-2015) as the opening act.

Usage examples of "moonshine".

The cocks wake up if there is the faintest moonshine and begin an antiphonal service between responsive barn-yards.

Colin took the liberty of barkening too, and immediately heard what Moonshine referred to.

Hill of Deer, riding in bright moonshine up the benty slopes and past the hazel thickets.

Something of definiteness was to be desired in the spectacle, but there was ample compensation in the mystery with which the broad effulgence and the dense unluminous shadows of the moonshine invested it.

The indefinite blackwork filigree of moonshine and shadow shifted and blurred on his bare body and gleamed dully from the sword he held before him.

I did not go to the cabin for more target practice, though I did attend a few other goat parties in which I avoided chitlins, moonshine, and an increasingly aggressive Carleen.

Harry Rex brought moonshine and a large platter of chitlins that almost broke up the festivities.

And, with a little extra effort, moonshine, brainstim, headboxes, needlework, or even a sleeve job.

Stringy, bedraggled, raddled with the paint of pokeberry juice, and smelling of moonshine whisky, she haunted the alleys or poked in the dump heaps between sunset and dusk.

Moonshine was as old as her litter mate Nutmeg but much sprier in her dotage, despite countless litters.

Colin should be back by evening, and then, with or without Moonshine, they would try to discover where the brigands had taken the unicorns and persuade King Roari to do something about it, as soon as he returned to Queenston.

Colin and Moonshine had met on the road from Everclear to Little Darlingham.

The cocks wake up if there is the faintest moonshine and begin an antiphonal service between responsive barn-yards.

If anyone had harmed Moonshine, or Colin, who for all his perverse balkiness was the only fellow she'd ever met she could genuinely profess herself to be fond of, she would categorically dismember the culprit with her own hands.

Brilliant moonshine and a contrastingly almost total darkness had alternated a score of times as the low, tattered, black clouds scudded across the valley, and the cold deepened until it reached down into the bones of the two watchers in the shadows.