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

Weather permitting, a partial eclipse will also be visible in some places in Ecuador, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, according to timeanddate.com. Fox News, "Solar Eclipse set to cut a path across South America, plunging parts of the continent into darkness," 3 July 2019 There’s a total solar eclipse happening Tuesday, but don’t run out and buy those eclipse-watching glasses just yet. Mary Forgione, latimes.com, "Don’t miss South America’s solar eclipse. Here’s where to watch online," 2 July 2019 For the first time since a total solar eclipse exposed people in the United States to up to 2 minutes and 40 seconds of totality, another major eclipse crossed the Western Hemisphere. Michael Waters, Smithsonian, "Photos Capture the Great South American Eclipse," 2 July 2019 Other parts of South America will be able to see a partial eclipse, not a total eclipse. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Total Solar Eclipse is Happening this July in South America," 11 June 2019 The partial eclipse will peak in Melbourne at 1:21 p.m. and in Tasmania at 1:24 p.m. local time, according to Travel and Leisure. Eileen Reslen, Popular Mechanics, "A Supermoon Partial Eclipse Is Happening Just in Time for Friday the 13th," 13 July 2018 The eclipse also could boost cloud cover near the coast. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A 6,000-mile path will experience a total solar eclipse next week. The display won’t be easy to see.," 26 June 2019 The full eclipse will begin at 11:41 p.m. and last for just over an hour, until 12:43 a.m. This will be the best viewing time, when the moon is in the umbra, or the full shadow the Earth. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "How a Total Lunar Eclipse Works," 18 Jan. 2019 In 1917, even as World War I was raging, Dyson persuaded the British government to budget £1,000 for a team of four astronomers led by Eddington to observe the coming eclipse. Andrew Robinson, WSJ, "The Experiment That Made Einstein Famous," 14 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The case has quickly eclipsed the judge’s nearly three-decade career on the bench. New York Times, "Judge Gets Threats After Saying Teenager in Rape Case Was From ‘Good Family’," 8 July 2019 Kessel has eclipsed 30 goals in a season on six separate occasions (2008-12, 2013-14, 2017-18). Richard Morin, azcentral, "Coyotes' Tocchet: 'The young guys are going to like' playing with Phil Kessel," 1 July 2019 Sanchez has already eclipsed last year’s inning total, throwing 63 between Jacksonville and two starts for High-A Jupiter. Wells Dusenbury, sun-sentinel.com, "Top Marlins prospects Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison and Sixto Sanchez selected to All-Star Futures Game," 29 June 2019 Support for Germany’s Green Party has eclipsed Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats to become the country’s strongest party in some recent polls. William Walsh, Fortune, "Europe's Scorching Heatwave Forces Germany to Impose Autobahn Speed Limits," 26 June 2019 The rate the Fed pays on reserves has eclipsed the fed-funds rate as its key monetary tool, with a much more direct influence over the money supply. Phil Gramm And, WSJ, "Has the Federal Reserve Lost Its Mojo?," 17 June 2019 But no rocket has yet eclipsed the Saturn V, which propelled humans closer to the stars than ever before. National Geographic, "Countdown to a new era inSpace," 17 June 2019 Since the Padres’ 2001 move to Petco Park, only Adrian Gonzalez – 40 in 2009 – has eclipsed that mark. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Just how wild is MLB's home run onslaught? These numbers tell the story," 14 June 2019 The Giants got Marquez for three runs, which were eclipsed on one David Dahl swing. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Giants can’t overcome Dahl slam against Samardzija in series-deciding loss to Rockies," 26 June 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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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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