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Mone, Mune, Moon(e, n. Also: monne, moyn(e, mwne, moune, mowne. [ME. mone, (north.) moyn(e (14th c.), moon(e (14th c.), OE. móna wk. masc.]

1. The moon.To take one's mark be the mone, see Mark n.1 2 (2).Also attrib.(a) 1375 Barb. vi. 216.
Sa saw he with the monys licht Schynyng of scheldis
a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 396.
The mone … In heldyne was of Martis house
1456 Hay I. 76/10.
The mannis harnis is full in the full mone and at the full see
Ib. II. 113/25.
The space fra the mone dounwart, for the fermament
Ib. I. 24/33. c1515 Asl. MS. I. 159/17. c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 14.
The mone sould thoill ecclippis
Id. Tua Mar. W. 432.
And as the new mone all pale [etc.]
Id. xxxv. 32. 1513 Doug. i. xi. 94. 1528 Lynd. Dreme 386. 1531 Bell. Boece I. 286. 1533 Boece ii. iv. 63 b.
Euery moneth suld be had in reverence the cours and change of the mone
1540 Lynd. Sat. 416.
Thocht wee marche with the mone
c1552 Id. Mon. 1839.
Quhen sonne and monne ar baith obscure
1556 Peebles B. Rec. I. 234.
To walk nychtlie quhill the mone grow to the proud lycht
1563–4 Inverness Rec. I. iii.
In the wrang for the wrangus passing under the schadow of the mone at wmquhill Thom Mannis chalmer at kirk yard
1568 Skeyne Descr. Pest 11.
Maist in tyme of coniunctione & appositioun of sone and mone
a1578 Pitsc. II. 219/27.
At the verrie cheinge of this mone ȝe sould have sein als gret licht … as gif it had beine at non
a1605 Montg. Son. xliv. 8. 1608 Wedderb. Compt. Bk. 32.
The ecclips of the sone and cheynge of the mone
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 430.attrib. a1500 Henr. III. 151/46.
Myng all thir in ane mas with the mone cruke
(b) 1375 Barb. iv. 617 (C).
Als soyn as the moyn wes past
1513 Doug. i. vii. 128.
With crukit scheildis schapyn like the moyn
Ib. ii. v. 11. Ib. iii. iii. 9.
The ful moyn schawing bemys brycht
Ib. ix. 91.
Lyke onto the lantern of the moyn
Ib. iv. ix. 83.
Spryngand herbys eftir the cours of the moyn War socht
Ib. viii. Prol. 141. 1614 Elgin Rec. II. 143.
Eftir quhan scho sa the new moyne scho ran thrys widdersones about
(c) c1420 Wynt. viii. 5525.
Eclippis is nane othir thyng Than qwhen the mwne [etc.]
c1475 Wall. v. 1004.
Off mwne nor stern gret perans was thar nayne
a1570-86 Dunb. Maitl. F. clx. 33. a1538 Abell 99 a.
Thre munis wes seyn to githir in the left
1549 Compl. 47/31.
The regione elementair is inclosit vitht in the spere of the mune
Ib. 54/30, 55/17, 107/16.(d) a1400 Leg. S. i. 577.
Cryste, that mad bath sone and mowne
c1420 Wynt. i. 853. 1569-73 Bann. Memor. 105.
The moune … past to at 12 houris in the nycht
(e) c1400 Troy-bk. i. 497.
In the coniunctioune of the moon
c1500-50 Brevis Cronica 329.
Nouthir sunn, moone nor sterne war seyne
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 918 (Wr.). 1588 King Cat. (1588) sig. i. vi.
Quhen it is lepe ȝeir ȝe seike the place of the moone for the 29 of Februar

b. Referred to by (1) the neuter, and (2) the feminine, personal pronoun.(1) c1420 Wynt. vii. 783.
And the mone all rede wes sene Blwdlyk as it all blud had bene
(2) 1513 Doug. iii. ix. 103.
The moyn hes now fyllyt hir hornys thrys With new lyght
Ib. vi. vii. 62.
The new moyn quhen first vpwalxis sche
Ib. x. v. 2.

c. Identified with various goddesses, as Cynthia or Diana; also, treated as a deity. a1500 Henr. Test. Cress. 302.
Than thus proceidit Saturne and the mone
c1515 Asl. MS. I. 324/21.
The mone callit Dyana in woddis, Luna in the aire & Lucina in the se
1513 Doug. vii. Prol. 117.
So fast declynys Synthea the moyn
a1568 Scott ii. 81.
Thir vowis maid to syn and mone

d. In various allusive phrases, asseverations, and comparisons.The mone(s) cruke, the cruke of the mone, see Cruke n. 5. Under the mone, = on earth, in the world.(1) a1400 Leg. S. xviii. 793.
Thu art fayrer than sone or mone
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii. 4426.
Of alsmekill as I haue done All sould me blame vnder the mone
Ib. 6717.(3) a1540 Freiris Berw. 380 (B).
He had grit wondir, and sweris be the mone That Freir Robert [etc.]
1560 Rolland Seven S. 2344.
Thow sall rew be ȝone mone
(4) a1500 Prestis of Peblis 33.
Be Him that maide the mone
(5) a1500 Henr. III. 123/61.
Quhen thy manheid sall mynnis as the mone
a1568 Bann. MS. 74 b/2.
Bot as the mone all chengis sone
a1570-86 Maitland Maitl. F. xiv. 63.
Bot changeand ay as dois the mone and see
Id. Ib. clxxiii. 18.(6) 15.. Lord Fergus' Gaist 76.
It stall fra the carle of the mune Ane pair of auld yrn schone
(7) 1538 Lynd. Justing 26.
Gude James had bene vndone, War not that Johne his mark tuke be the mone
1681 Colvil Whig's Suppl. i. 33.
If he once level at the moon … He discovers [etc.]
(8) c1500-c1512 Dunb. vi. 12.
Nescimus quando, vel qua sorte, Na blind Allane wait of the mone
Id. xxxv. 49.
Quhill that twa monis were sene vp in the lift, Or quhill ane abbot flew aboif the mone
1540 Lynd. Sat. 826.
I see fyfteine mones in the lift

2. The period from new moon to new moon, the lunar month. 1490 Foulis Chart. MS. (Reg. H.) 4 Dec.
The feyrde daye of movne of Desember
1542 Treas. Acc. VIII. 139.
Chargeing all men … to be reddy at the heicht of this nixt mone
a1578 Pitsc. II. 323/6.
Newar day quhilk was … the first day of the moone
1588 King Cat. in Cath. Tr. 205/22.
Lowke quhat day of the age of the moone it is
1622-6 Bisset II. 331/11.
That the Eister suld nocht be keiped as the Jowes uses on the fourtent day of the mone

3. With allusion to the moon's supposed influence on individuals, esp. as the cause of lunacy.(1) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 53.
Ilk mone owt of thy mynd
a1585 Polwart Flyt. 772 (T).
Richt styld, defyld, wood wyld, ilk mone aneis
(2) a1568 Bann. MS. 256 b/10.
Now is that rege turnd in dotage it is auld of the mone
1571 Sat. P. xxix. 14.
Chaist Forett, provokit by the mone, Hichit on the hure so oppinly

4. That part of a clock which exhibited the phases of the moon. 1546–7 Stirling B. Rec. I. 45.
[He] sall mak … ane orlege and mone … kepand just cours fra xij houris to xij houris, alswele nycht as day, and just chainge of the mone yeirlie throucht as efferis
1576–7 Glasgow B. Rec. (M.C.) 65.
To James Scot, payntor, for … laubors done be him in culloring of the knok, moyne and orlage
1578 Ib. 104.
For ane new brode to couer the mone and putting up therof
1628 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 366.
For forming, making and vpputting of the horolog brodis, mones, bunkis and roweris

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