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 Long experience taught him that when ideology is cranked up, social existence goes haywire, and art’s ability to engage individual inner life is the first thing to fall into eclipse. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "Blurred vision," 20 Nov. 2019 That’s what distinguishes a transit from an eclipse. BostonGlobe.com, "The transit will begin shortly after sunrise on the East Coast. By the time the sun rises on the West Coast, the transit will be well underway, with Mercury nearing its deepest venture into the solar disk. The transit will wrap up at 1:04 p.m. Eastern time.," 11 Nov. 2019 The eclipse is expected to last up to four minutes. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al.com, "Total solar eclipse 2019: How to see today’s South American eclipse; times; NASA livestream," 2 July 2019 Last week, during Juno’s latest Jupiter flyby, the spacecraft captured stunning images of Io’s shadow streaking across the gas giant during an eclipse. Popular Mechanics, "Here's What a Solar Eclipse Looks Like on Jupiter," 19 Sep. 2019 The eclipse will begin at 2:43 p.m. ET and last until 8:17 p.m., with maximum coverage at 5:30 p.m. When’s the next full moon? Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "Everything to Know About July's Full Buck Moon — the First Full Moon of Summer," 14 July 2019 The full eclipse in South America begins at 2:01:08 p.m. EDT and ends at 4:44:46 p.m. EDT on July 2, according to timeanddate.com. Fox News, "Total solar eclipse will plunge parts of South America into darkness," 20 Mar. 2015 The eclipse appeared in the sky over La Serena, Chile, at 4.38 p.m. ET and traveled across the Andes before ending near Buenos Aires at 4.44 p.m. Alisha Ebrahimji, CNN, "A satellite captured a powerful hurricane and a solar eclipse at the same time," 2 July 2019 Now, 50 years to the day, people on Earth will be able to commemorate that moment by watching the moon undergo a deep partial eclipse. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "See a lunar eclipse on the Apollo 11 launch anniversary," 16 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Jack Beverly cracks 6,000 Framingham senior captain Jack Beverly found junior RJ Viele for a 72-yard touchdown, giving Framingham the 12-0 lead and eclipsed the 6,000-yard mark for career passing yards. BostonGlobe.com, "Robertson, Marblehead win it with 7 seconds left," 28 Nov. 2019 The 6-foot-2, 189-pound junior (999 yards) is just shy of eclipsing 1,000 receiving yards for the second consecutive season and has found the end zone a career-best 14 times. Brett Shweky, sun-sentinel.com, "Do some couch scouting for Dolphins draft this holiday weekend: Here are top prospects to watch," 27 Nov. 2019 Carlson, who eclipsed 1,000 yards rushing on the season in the win, scored on a 4-yard run with just 53 seconds left in the first quarter. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "‘We’re happy to make coach proud one last time;' Tolland thumps E.O. Smith 41-7 in Scott Cady’s final game as head coach," 26 Nov. 2019 Linebacker Joe Schobert intercepted quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick twice while Jarvis Landry and Nick Chubb both eclipsed 100 yards of offense. Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Steelers vs. Browns preview: 5 things to know about Cleveland’s next opponent," 25 Nov. 2019 The Jets, ranked 32nd in total offense entering the game, eclipsed the 400-yard mark for just the second time this season. Matt Kawahara, SFChronicle.com, "Raiders’ jets cooled in 34-3 loss to New York," 24 Nov. 2019 Edge: Broncos Ryan O’Halloran, beat writer: Broncos 27, Bills 23 The Bills get caught looking ahead to Dallas, Phillip Lindsay throws a touchdown pass to Noah Fant and the Broncos eclipse the 25-point plateau for the first time this season. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Broncos scouting report: How Denver matches up against the Bills and predictions," 23 Nov. 2019 The country singer’s sophomore set opens at the summit, eclipsing the No. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Tones And I Makes Chart History Down Under With 'Dance Monkey'," 18 Nov. 2019 Some politicians lamented that the drama over Venice’s high tides was eclipsing the needs of other areas. Washington Post, "3rd record tide enters Venice as Italy hit with snow, rain," 18 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of eclipse was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Eclipse.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eclipse. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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eclipse

noun
How to pronounce eclipse (audio)

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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