crescent adj

L. crescent-em < L. crescere, grow, increase.

  1. Small; thin; not complete; not a full moon; increasing or decreasing; waxing or waning.

crescent n

ME cressant < L. crescere, grow.

  1. Waxing or waning moon; [fig.] incompleteness; restrictedness; fraction of the possibilities; part of a larger whole.
  2. Piece; bit; whit; tiny amount; small part of a larger whole that once existed.
  3. Flag; standard; ensign; [fig.] resemblance of what once was.