eclipse

noun
\ i-ˈklips How to pronounce eclipse (audio) \

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

Each observatory lies within the path of the eclipse and is sure to be sharing images of the event. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About the July 2019 Solar Eclipse," 7 Jan. 2019 There are only two eclipses left in the series: a solar eclipse will occur on Saturday, August 11, and a lunar eclipse will occur on January 19, 2019. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Then during the eclipse, the thermostats turned the temperature up by a few degrees. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Google, Amazon Seek Foothold in Electricity as Home Automation Grows," 27 Jan. 2019 This effect gives the moon its reddish tint during an eclipse. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "Everything To Know About the January 2019 Lunar Eclipse," 12 Oct. 2018 The final eclipse of 2018 occurs on Saturday, August 11. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Libra Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 The eclipse will still be very cool to watch, even just on YouTube. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The longest lunar eclipse of the century will be on July 27," 24 July 2018 Back during the total solar eclipse last August, Marie Claire reported that many women noticed their period cycles going haywire around the time of the eclipse. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "What to Know About Your Period During the Super Wolf Blood Moon," 15 Jan. 2019 The July 27 eclipse will last for 1 hour and 43 minutes, according to NASA. James Rogers, Fox News, "Longest total lunar eclipse of the century: What you need to know," 27 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In eclipsing her previous career high of 29, Onyenwere went 12 for 23 from the floor and 4 for 4 from the foul line. David Ginsburg, The Seattle Times, "UCLA beats Maryland 85-80 in women’s NCAA Tournament," 25 Mar. 2019 Bond yields, which climb as prices fall, pulled back after eclipsing 2.71% earlier in the day. Amrith Ramkumar And Akane Otani, WSJ, "Stocks Close Higher on U.S.-China Trade Optimism," 13 Feb. 2019 That palladium is close to eclipsing gold is the latest sign investors remain cautious about the outlook for bullion. Amrith Ramkumar, WSJ, "Palladium Threatens Gold’s Reign as Most Precious Metal," 4 Dec. 2018 That Microsoft is even close to eclipsing Apple — and did so briefly a few times this week — would have been unheard of just a few years ago. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 The football stadium would be built 25 feet below sidewalk level on two sides to avoid eclipsing the tops of neighboring rowhouses. Julia Terruso, Philly.com, "New Temple football stadium details: How it would look, affect neighborhood," 29 Mar. 2018 One of the standout highlights is an incredible fashion show scene (aptly called 'The Bob Mackie number'), which eclipses any rom-com dress-up montage or makeover scene. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bob Mackie Didn’t Know How to Dress Cher When They First Met. Now, He’s Part of Her Fashion Legacy.," 8 Mar. 2019 And while modern medicine has eclipsed its historic use as cure-all, castor oil is now a trendy budget beauty buy. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The 5 Best Benefits of Castor Oil Are Mostly for Your Hair and Skin," 15 Feb. 2019 But in Texas, O’Rourke has eclipsed Castro after getting closer to a statewide victory than any Democrat in a generation. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run," 12 Dec. 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 How to pronounce eclipse (audio) \

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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