total eclipse

noun

Definition of total eclipse

: an eclipse in which one celestial body is completely obscured by the shadow or body of another

Examples of total eclipse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is what the new moon total eclipse is gifting us. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 2 Dec. 2021 Stargazers might be over the moon to learn there will be two supermoons, a total eclipse, and meteor showers sprinkled throughout the year. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 4 Jan. 2022 The total eclipse of everything that ever happened here once Tom Brady and crew began to accumulate that six-ring haul in 2001. Kevin Paul Dupont, BostonGlobe.com, 13 Nov. 2021 In comparison, the longest total eclipse of the century occurred on July 27, 2018, which lasted for 1 hour and 42 minutes, reports Michelle Robertson for SFGate. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Nov. 2021 In a total eclipse, the moon is completely covered up Earth's shadow, with no sunlight directly reaching it. Rashika Jaipuriar, The Indianapolis Star, 17 Nov. 2021 The longest total eclipse this century occurred on July 27, 2018, and lasted 1 hour, 42 minutes and 57 seconds. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 14 Nov. 2021 Early Friday morning, eager stargazers are in for a double feature with the full moon rising and a near-total eclipse taking place over Orlando. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Nov. 2021 The near-total eclipse will shadow 97% of the moon’s surface. oregonlive, 17 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of total eclipse

1671, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of total eclipse was in 1671

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Last Updated

23 Jan 2022

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“Total eclipse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/total%20eclipse. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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