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 for movable feast
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Movable \Mov"a*ble\, a. [Cf. OF. movable. See Move.]
     1. Capable of being moved, lifted, carried, drawn, turned, or
        conveyed, or in any way made to change place or posture;
        susceptible of motion; not fixed or stationary; as, a
        movable steam engine. [Also spelled moveable.]
     Syn: transferable, transferrable, transportable.
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     2. Changing from one time to another; as, movable feasts, i.
        e., church festivals, the date of which varies from year
        to year.
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     Movable letter (Heb. Gram.), a letter that is pronounced,
        as opposed to one that is quiescent.
     Movable feast (Ecclesiastical), a holy day that changes
        date, depending on the lunar cycle. An example of such a
        day is Easter.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Feast \Feast\ (f[=e]st), n. [OE. feste festival, holiday, feast,
     OF. feste festival, F. f[^e]te, fr. L. festum, pl. festa, fr.
     festus joyful, festal; of uncertain origin. Cf. Fair, n.,
     Festal, F[^e]te.]
     1. A festival; a holiday; a solemn, or more commonly, a
        joyous, anniversary.
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              The seventh day shall be a feast to the Lord. --Ex.
                                                    xiii. 6.
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              Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the
              feast of the passover.                --Luke ii. 41.
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     Note: An Ecclesiastical feast is called a immovable feast
           when it always occurs on the same day of the year;
           otherwise it is called a movable feast. Easter is a
           notable movable feast.
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     2. A festive or joyous meal; a grand, ceremonious, or
        sumptuous entertainment, of which many guests partake; a
        banquet characterized by tempting variety and abundance of
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              Enough is as good as a feast.         --Old Proverb.
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              Belshazzar the King made a great feast to a thousand
              of his lords.                         --Dan. v. 1.
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     3. That which is partaken of, or shared in, with delight;
        something highly agreeable; entertainment.
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              The feast of reason, and the flow of soul. --Pope.
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     Feast day, a holiday; a day set as a solemn commemorative
     Syn: Entertainment; regale; banquet; treat; carousal;
          festivity; festival.
     Usage: Feast, Banquet, Festival, Carousal. A feast
            sets before us viands superior in quantity, variety,
            and abundance; a banquet is a luxurious feast; a
            festival is the joyful celebration by good cheer of
            some agreeable event. Carousal is unrestrained
            indulgence in frolic and drink.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  movable feast
      n 1: a religious holiday that falls on different dates in
           different years [syn: movable feast, moveable feast]

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