gibbous [gib′əs]
[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. humpbacked; kyphotic

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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 — 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 gibbose — bulging ulging adj. 1. curving or bulging outward. Opposite of {concave}. [Narrower terms: {biconvex, convexo convex, lenticular, lentiform}; {broken backed, hogged}; {convexo concave}; {gibbous, gibbose}; {planoconvex}] Also See: {protrusive}.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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

  • gibbous — См. gibbose …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

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