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1eclipse

noun \i-ˈklips\

: an occasion when the sun looks like it is completely or partially covered with a dark circle because the moon is between the sun and the Earth

: an occasion when the moon looks like it is completely or partially covered with a dark circle because the Earth's shadow is on it

: a loss of power, success, popularity, etc.

Full Definition of ECLIPSE

1
a :  the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another
b :  the passing into the shadow of a celestial body — compare occultation, transit
2
:  a falling into obscurity or decline; also :  the state of being eclipsed <his reputation has fallen into eclipse>
3
:  the state of being in eclipse plumage
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Examples of ECLIPSE

  1. an eclipse of the sun
  2. The popularity of television led to the eclipse of the radio drama.
  3. an artist whose reputation has long been in eclipse

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Origin of ECLIPSE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein to omit, fail, suffer eclipse, from ex- + leipein to leave — more at loan
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith

Rhymes with ECLIPSE

2eclipse

verb

: to cause an eclipse of (the sun or moon)

: to make (something) less important or popular

: to do or be much better than (someone or something)

eclipsedeclips·ing

Full Definition of ECLIPSE

transitive verb
:  to cause an eclipse of: as
a :  obscure, darken
b :  to reduce in importance or repute
c :  surpass <her score eclipsed the old record>

Examples of ECLIPSE

  1. The sun was partially eclipsed by the moon.
  2. Train travel was eclipsed by the growth of commercial airlines.

First Known Use of ECLIPSE

13th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith
ECLIPSES Defined for Kids

1eclipse

noun \i-ˈklips\

Definition of ECLIPSE for Kids

1
:  a complete or partial hiding of the sun caused by the moon's passing between the sun and the earth
2
:  a darkening of the moon caused by its entering the shadow of the earth
3
:  the hiding of any heavenly body by another

2eclipse

verb
eclipsedeclips·ing

Definition of ECLIPSE for Kids

1
:  to cause an eclipse of <The sun was eclipsed by the moon.>
2
:  to be or do much better than :  outshine <The racer's time eclipsed the old record.>
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