eclipse

noun
\i-ˈklips \

Definition of eclipse 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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

eclipse

verb
eclipsed; eclipsing

Definition of eclipse (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cause an eclipse of: such as

a : obscure, darken

b : to reduce in importance or repute

c : surpass her score eclipsed the old record

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Noun

eclipse 1a: E earth, M moon in solar eclipse, P penumbra, S sun, U umbra

In the meaning defined above

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Examples of eclipse in a Sentence

Noun

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

Verb

The sun was partially eclipsed by the moon. Train travel was eclipsed by the growth of commercial airlines.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

At that moment, Earth is directly between the sun and moon and the eclipse has begun. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "How to view the once-in-a-blue-moon eclipse," 29 Jan. 2018 To watch the eclipse online, watch NASA's live stream. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Why it won't be easy to see the 'super blue blood moon' here," 22 Jan. 2018 Last year, the company turned its glazed doughnuts green for St. Patrick’s Day and created a chocolate glaze to celebrate the eclipse in August. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How you can help Krispy Kreme cook up its next flavor for glazed doughnuts," 17 Jan. 2018 The English astronomer traveled to island of Príncipe to photograph the eclipse. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Space Pictures From 1895 Found in a Basement," 29 Dec. 2015 In astrology, eclipses are important celestial messengers. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 3 July 2018 The month concludes with yet another eclipse on Friday, July 27 in Aquarius. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018 Oh, and one more thing: This Friday will kick off this summer's eclipse season with a partial solar eclipse. refinery29.com, "The New Moon This Thursday Will Be A Double Whammy," 9 July 2018 Though the Cancer-Capricorn eclipses will pick up speed in 2019, this month's partial solar eclipse will set the stage for the next two years. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What July's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

What’s more, his velocity has bounced back, with his average fastball velocity eclipsing 95 mph in the four games. Michael Beller, SI.com, "Matt Adams is Back from the DL and Ready to Help Fantasy Teams," 7 July 2018 In Season 2, Debbie and Ruth’s relationship continues to be the central relationship of the series, eclipsing any romantic subplots. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "The Working Women of GLOW," 1 July 2018 The Royals won the fewest June games in franchise history, eclipsing the 1970 team that went 7-19 with a 5-21 showing. Maria Torres, kansascity, "Royals end franchise-worst month of June with another loss to Mariners," 1 July 2018 The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could reach 96 degrees on Saturday with the heat index eclipsing 100 degrees Saturday and urban spots possibly touching 105 degrees. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "New splash pad a cool hit in Sterling Heights as heat wave rolls in," 28 June 2018 The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement is adding bed space after eclipsing more than 11,000 children in its custody. Alicia A. Caldwell, WSJ, "Trump Policy of Separating Migrant Families Threatens to Engulf Immigration Talks," 18 June 2018 This season, Liverpool's front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have scored a record 29 goals, eclipsing the previous best of 28 set by Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema during Real's victorious 2013-14 campaign. CNN, "Real Madrid face Liverpool for historic third straight Champions League title," 25 May 2018 The price tag is the most ever paid for an NFL franchise, eclipsing the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Wednesday, May 16," 16 May 2018 The price tag is the most ever paid for an NFL franchise, eclipsing the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Steve Reed, Houston Chronicle, "Source: Hedge fund manager David Tepper to buy Panthers for record price," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of eclipse

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for eclipse

Noun

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

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eclipse

noun

English Language Learners Definition of eclipse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

eclipse

verb

English Language Learners Definition of eclipse (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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)

eclipse

noun
\i-ˈklips \

Kids Definition of eclipse

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

eclipse

verb
eclipsed; eclipsing

Kids Definition of eclipse (Entry 2 of 2)

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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