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

During the 2017 solar eclipse, when solar-power generation was offline, Google encouraged Nest thermostat owners to opt into a program in which the devices cooled their homes before power supply fell due to the eclipse. Bradley Olson, WSJ, "Google, Amazon Seek Foothold in Electricity as Home Automation Grows," 27 Jan. 2019 Opportunities for writing and speaking will also shine brightly for you in 2019 with eclipses moving through the communications zone of your chart. Rebecca Gordon, Harper's BAZAAR, "Find Out What 2019 Has In Store For Your Zodiac Sign," 27 Dec. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Adrián is one of three possible targets mentioned in the article - another one being Manchester City's Claudio Bravo, who has been eclipsed by Ederson at the Etihad. SI.com, "Spanish Report Claims Atlético Madrid Interested in Unsettled West Ham United Star," 28 May 2018 But his thought and image have been eclipsed over three decades of rapid industrialization and social change. Washington Post, "China’s Xi free trader to world, champion of Marx at home," 5 May 2018 DeRozan eclipsed the 1,000-point mark in a Spurs jersey in his 47th game. Pat Graham, The Seattle Times, "Nuggets brace for Popovich, Spurs in return to playoffs," 12 Apr. 2019 But this one looks to eclipse that paltry day in scale, if not in actual continuous content. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Twitch to stream almost every Pokémon movie and TV episode ever," 23 Aug. 2018 It will be eclipsed a year later by another entry in the giant telescope sweepstakes: the European Extremely Large Telescope, being built by the European Southern Observatory, also in Chile. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Extremely Large, Extremely Expensive: The Race for the Next Giant Telescopes," 11 June 2018 The inn operated as hotel until 1955, when it was eclipsed by bigger, fancier hotels. Susan Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Rehab at historic New River Inn helps apprentices rebuild their lives," 8 June 2018 Though his work continued, access to the president was restricted as he was eclipsed by rival administration officials favoring more open-trade policies. Don Lee, latimes.com, "Steel tariffs bring vindication for Trump's feisty trade advisor Peter Navarro," 10 Mar. 2018 Yet, he was eclipsed at last weekend’s state Democratic Party convention by Dave Jones, the comparatively obscure state insurance commissioner who wants Becerra’s job. Washington Post, "California attorney general foes spar in AP interviews," 3 Mar. 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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