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
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

That’s when the partial phase of the eclipse starts. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The longest lunar eclipse of the century will be on July 27," 24 July 2018 The period of totality during this eclipse will last for 1 hour and 2 minutes. Denise Chow /, NBC News, "Total lunar eclipse will turn the moon blood red later this month," 13 July 2018 Between eclipses, retrogrades, and the sun moving across your intimacy zone, the past few weeks were pretty brutal. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What September's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 30 Aug. 2018 The eclipse, which will last 1 hour and 43 minutes, won’t be visible in North America, according to EarthSky.org. Sarah Wu, The Seattle Times, "Look for bright view of Mars tonight as it moves closest to Earth in 15 years," 27 July 2018 Unfortunately, for those of us in the U.S., the eclipse will be over by 3 p.m. EST, far too early for nightfall. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to See the Total Lunar Eclipse and Blood Moon," 26 July 2018 Petroteq’s claims challenge the notion that oil sands mining is in eclipse. Clifford Krauss, The Seattle Times, "Canadian firm tests new process to turn Utah sands into oil," 27 Aug. 2018 But the eclipse’s impressive length also means that the Moon itself will actually look a little smaller and dimmer than usual. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "How to see Friday’s lunar eclipse, the longest one this century," 26 July 2018 These three factors are what have lengthened the duration of July’s eclipse to 1 hour and 43 minutes, which NASA estimates will be the longest total lunar eclipse of the 21st century. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "The Century’s Longest Lunar Eclipse Will Shroud the Moon This Month," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ‘ndrangheta is Italy’s most powerful criminal organization, eclipsing by far Sicily’s Cosa Nostra or the Naples area Camorra. Mike Corder, The Seattle Times, "Police arrest 84 in European crackdown on Italian mob," 5 Dec. 2018 Panicky thinking can cause what researchers call cognitive interference, eclipsing the brain’s ability to think and reason, according to a recent review of 22 studies on workplace anxiety in the Journal of Applied Psychology. Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "How to Overcome Your Terror of Making an Off-the-Cuff Speech," 3 Dec. 2018 Both Bolsonaro and Haddad had sky-high rejection rates going into the election, both of them eclipsing 40 percent. Ryan Lloyd, Vox, "Pollin’ ain’t easy: why did Brazilian pollsters go so badly astray in 2018?," 26 Oct. 2018 His nine three pointers were an NBA finals record, eclipsing Ray Allen. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Watch: Stephen Curry Sets Three-Point NBA Finals Record," 3 June 2018 Their generosity and kindness, of course, can sometimes be eclipsed by their impatience and carelessness, which makes The Santa Clause the ultimate Sagittarius holiday film. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 All were eclipsed by the presence of longtime Lauren fan, Hillary Clinton who arrived at the black tie dinner in an ice blue gown and sapphire earrings, an understated look befitting a seasoned stateswoman. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Hillary Clinton Was A Breath of Fresh Air at Ralph Lauren’s 50th Anniversary Show," 8 Sep. 2018 One, the tech side of the economy sort of got eclipsed by the side of the economy, which is in my book, which is the sort of slightly darker, dirtier side of the economy. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 Heyward’s purchase price in the Walton Street building remains well eclipsed by the amount paid in November by Illinois’ richest person, billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Jason Heyward pays $6.934 million for luxury high-rise condo in Gold Coast," 12 July 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

borrowed from Middle English eclipse, clips, borrowed from Anglo-French eclyps, eclypse, borrowed from Latin eclīpsis, borrowed from Greek ékleipsis "abandonment, failure, cessation, obscuring of a celestial body by another," from ekleípein "to leave out, abandon, cease, die, be obscured (of a celestial body)" (from ek- ec- + leípein "to leave, quit, be missing") + -sis -sis — more at delinquent entry 2

Verb

Middle English eclypsen, clypsen, derivative of eclipse eclipse entry 1, probably after Medieval Latin eclīpsāre or Middle French esclipser

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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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