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 On Facebook, a public solar eclipse chasing group has nearly 21,000 members—an increase of about 13% since March. Solcyré Burga, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 On Monday, April 8, 2024, North America will witness its first total solar eclipse in seven years, reminding us, once again, that, despite our cosmic tininess, the universe does like to put on a show for us. Madison Bloom, Pitchfork, 5 Apr. 2024 Are there other ways to see the solar eclipse without glasses? Chyna Blackmon, Charlotte Observer, 4 Apr. 2024 What is the difference between a total and partial solar eclipse? Leah Sarnoff, ABC News, 4 Apr. 2024 Our local view of the partial solar eclipse Monday looks promising. David Streit, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 While only a sliver of Michigan will be in the path of totality during Monday's solar eclipse, there is still plenty to see and experience outside those boundaries: The eerie light as the sun disappears behind the moon, a dip in temperature, changes in the wind, maybe even strange animal behaviors. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, 4 Apr. 2024 Totality tourists are hoping for clear skies Millions of Americans are awaiting a rare solar eclipse on April 8 — nearly the whole country will have a chance to look up and see at least a small portion of the moon clip the sun. USA TODAY, 4 Apr. 2024 Chili’s: The total solar eclipse may only last for a few minutes, but Chili’s has two days worth of deals. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 4 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1602, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar eclipse was in 1602

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“Solar eclipse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

solar eclipse

: an eclipse of the sun by the moon

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