moonshine (plural moonshines)
- (literally) The light of the moon; moonlight.
- Illegally distilled liquor, so named because much of the manufacturing process is often conducted without artificial light at night when the moon is shining.
- They watered down the moonshine.
- 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter IV
- “Wish I'd been more polite to that girl,” the sheriff remarked regretfully. “ I ain't had a bite to eat since four o'clock this morning, and I'm hungry as a wolverine. … I know she'd have give me another drink of that old moonshine she has.”
- (colloquial) nonsense
- He was talking moonshine.
- David Attenborough, 2012 interview.
- "We forget what we have learned in the last 60 years. At university I once asked one of my lecturers why he was not talking to us about continental drift and I was told, sneeringly, that if I could I prove there was a force that could move continents, then he might think about it. The idea was moonshine, I was informed."
- (mathematics) A branch of pure mathematics relating the monster group to an invariant of elliptic functions; see monstrous moonshine.
- (US) A spiced dish of eggs and fried onions.
- (obsolete) A month.
- Wherefore should I / Stand in the plague of custom and permit / The curiosity of nations to deprive me / For that I am some twelve or fourteen moonshines / Lag of a brother?
- (moonlight): moonbeam
- (illegal liquor): bathtub gin, bootleg, corn liquor, hooch, mountain dew, white lightning, coon-dick, coondick
shine of the moon
- ^ Robin McKie. "David Attenborough: force of nature", The Observer, 28 October 2012. Retrieved on 29 October 2012.