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

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 Nonstop retrogrades have been causing frustrating false-starts, while powerful eclipses have been fueling all sorts of drama. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's September 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Aug. 2018 In astrology, eclipses are important celestial messengers. Jodie Layne, Teen Vogue, "Lunar Eclipse 2018: What You Need to Know," 27 July 2018 The Jumeirah Village Circle or the Dubai Miracle Gardens could make good spots to camp out during the eclipse. Gabby Raymond, Time, "These Are the Best Places to See the Lunar Eclipse on July 27," 10 July 2018 Trust: The eclipse of February 15 will invite you to take a giant leap up (not a lateral move) in your career path. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "What January's Lunar Eclipse Means For Every Sign," 31 Jan. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Yankees' Gleyber Torres, who sits in second place among American League second baseman, has not eclipsed 1 million votes. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Jose Altuve still tops all-star voting," 2 July 2018 Aguilera’s eighth studio album easily eclipses the No. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "5 Seconds of Summer Complete Chart Double Down Under," 25 June 2018 Immigration has eclipsed every other domestic issue in terms of political stalemate. Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, "Congress' record on immigration is repeated failures," 24 June 2018 Milk’s significance as a symbol of gay liberation has eclipsed the reality of the man—a political latecomer and rhetorical savant, whose compassion for the dispossessed vied with an avarice for publicity that sometimes drew him toward populism. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 24 June 2018 Immigration has eclipsed every other domestic issue in terms of political stalemate. Paul Kane, chicagotribune.com, "Congress' record on immigration is repeated failures," 23 June 2018 Yemen’s political and social chaos has fueled the growth of a virulent al-Qaeda affiliate that U.S. officials say has eclipsed its parent organization as a terrorist threat to the United States. Alan Sipress, Washington Post, "Five reasons the crisis in Yemen matters," 8 June 2018 It is claimed that the Bavarian giants have offered €60m for the pacey forward - who has eclipsed the likes of Julian Brandt and Karim Bellarabi as Leverkusen's most dangerous winger. SI.com, "Bayern Munich Reportedly Table €60m Offer for Liverpool Target Following Breakout Season," 19 May 2018 Westworld was a critical and commercial success, but monster franchises like Star Wars and Star Trek have eclipsed its legacy in the sci-fi canon. Tim Grierson, Popular Mechanics, "Why "Westworld" Matters," 23 Apr. 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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