solar eclipse

noun

Definition of solar eclipse

: an eclipse of the sun by the moon — see eclipse illustration

Examples of solar eclipse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The quake coincided with a solar eclipse—a phenomenon represented in the codex by a circle with lightning bolts coming out of it. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 Aug. 2021 In almost exactly three years there be will a dramatic total solar eclipse across North America. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 Apr. 2021 After an unimaginable year, traveling across continents to glimpse a total solar eclipse seemed to be the only thing that made sense. John Bowe, Travel + Leisure, 5 June 2021 On New Year’s Day in 1889, a religious leader of the Northern Paiute Indigenous tribe had a dream during a solar eclipse. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 July 2021 The result: a list of 100 unique destinations, from the idyllic Portuguese town of Arouca, now home to the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge, to the continent of Antarctica, which this December will experience a rare total solar eclipse. Time Staff, Time, 20 July 2021 This is like winning the Powerball on your birthday during a solar eclipse. Nancy Kruh, PEOPLE.com, 1 July 2021 North America will see its next total solar eclipse in 2024. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 12 June 2021 In a solar eclipse, the moon passes directly between the Earth and the sun, blocking the sun's light. Marlene Lenthang, ABC News, 4 June 2021

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First Known Use of solar eclipse

1602, in the meaning defined above

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6 Sep 2021

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“Solar eclipse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/solar%20eclipse. Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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