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 In addition to regular events, including archaeo-astronomy and Pueblo Bonito full moon walks, special events are held for phenomena such as eclipses and meteor showers. Michelle Krupa, CNN, "Start your Monday smart: Coronavirus, Ramadan, Orthodox Easter, Earth Day, NFL draft," 19 Apr. 2020 The glory of the casual and destined, last month’s blue moon, the orbed orange shade of last week’s eclipse. W. S. Di Piero, The New Yorker, "Aubade," 23 Mar. 2020 Gravity as geometry led to the famous prediction verified in the 1919 eclipse. Tom Siegfried, Scientific American, "Physicists Probe Validity of Einstein’s Gravity on Cosmic Scales," 21 Jan. 2020 Art historians concur that her obscurity today owes simply to the eclipse of military painting as a genre. Hugh Eakin, Harper's magazine, "Selective Hearing," 19 Jan. 2020 These eclipses on December 26th and January 10th will expedite your evolution and set you on a brand new path for 2020. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Embrace the Magic of the Upcoming Solar and Lunar Eclipses," 24 Dec. 2019 Some accounts suggested astrological causes, blaming the plague on the conjunction of certain planets, eclipses, or the sighting of a comet. National Geographic, "Indeed, historians have argued that the Black Death paved the way for a new wave of opportunity, creativity, and wealth from which would flourish the art, culture, and ideas of the Renaissance, and the beginnings of a recognizably modern Europe.," 23 Apr. 2020 The Madras Airport used a temporary air traffic control service to handle the 412 planes that were scheduled to fly in and out for the eclipse — the most traffic ever at the airport. oregonlive, "Federal report details cause of 2017 solar eclipse plane crash near Madras," 30 Dec. 2019 Maximum eclipse will occur at about 6:40 UTC, 12:10 p.m. local time, in Uttarakhand, India. Jay Bennett, Smithsonian Magazine, "Ten Celestial Events You Don’t Want to Miss in 2020," 14 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb George Halas is the only other coach to date who has eclipsed the 300 mark. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Don Shula, legendary Miami Dolphins coach and NFL icon, dies at 90," 4 May 2020 Trump signed legislation on Friday that made $8.3 billion in emergency funding available to combat the coronavirus's spread, as the number of cases worldwide eclipsed the 100,000 mark after the outbreak began in Wuhan, China. Daniel Chaitin, Washington Examiner, "Coronavirus starts wreaking havoc on plans across US," 7 Mar. 2020 And last Tuesday, its yield hit a record low of 1.33, according to FactSet, eclipsing the mark set during the sharp global economic slowdown of 2015-16. Matt Phillips, New York Times, "What the Bond Market Is Saying About Investors’ Hopes," 2 Mar. 2020 Ausbon should be the Aggies’ first 1,000-yard receiver since 2017 and Wydermyer could eclipse the 10-touchdown mark. Alex Miller, Dallas News, "Texas A&M’s WR/TE outlook for 2020: Led by senior Jhamon Aubson, Aggies return strong core group out wide," 24 Feb. 2020 Kulizhnikov won the 1,000 meters in 1:05.69, eclipsing the mark of 1:06.18 by Kjeld Nuis of the Netherlands, who took silver in 1:06.73. BostonGlobe.com, "Sharks lose defenseman Erik Karlsson for rest of season with broken thumb," 15 Feb. 2020 Read more: Louisville hall of famer Angel McCoughtry has a new home in the WNBA Louisville hasn’t eclipsed the 60-point mark in its last two games, scoring a season-low 51 points at Syracuse. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "On its first losing streak since 2017, U of L women hope to end it against top-5 NC State," 12 Feb. 2020 Now with 1,347 points, White, with two games remaining, is just 37 points shy of eclipsing Gonzalez’s mark. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "White motors closer to Rayburn scoring record in 52-43 win over Pasadena," 12 Feb. 2020 Dobbins set a single-season Ohio State record with 2,003 yards last season, eclipsing the previous mark of 1,927 yards set by Heisman winner Eddie George in 1995. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Several college football players of local interest land on PFF's Top 101 from 2019," 28 Jan. 2020

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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

31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Eclipse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eclipse. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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