total eclipse

noun

Definition of total eclipse

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

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Barker completed 29 of 43 passes, with his yardage total eclipsing the previous school mark of 485 set by Corey Robinson vs. Louisiana in 2012. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Troy drops wild shootout vs. Southern Miss, 47-42," 15 Sep. 2019 The team’s 336 rushing yards was second best in school history and the point total eclipsed the 58-0 win over Everglades in the team’s first game of the season. Gary Curreri, sun-sentinel.com, "Western High football team hopeful of strong season," 12 Sep. 2019 While most of the eclipse’s path will pass over the southern Pacific Ocean, lucky viewers in parts of Chile and Argentina will enjoy the show for six minutes, soaking up the eerie darkness of a total eclipse. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Watch the skies: Out-of-this world phenomena fill the calendar in July," 2 July 2019 Tens of thousands of tourists and locals gaped skyward as a total eclipse of the sun darkened the heavens over Chile and Argentina. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean," 5 July 2019 After that, sky-watchers in South American can expect a repeat total eclipse in December 14, 2020. Andrew Fazekas, National Geographic, "How to watch South America’s total eclipse from anywhere," 2 July 2019 On July 2, a total eclipse of the sun will be visible in portions of South America, weather permitting. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Yes, there's a total solar eclipse coming next week ... in South America," 25 June 2019 Correction posted February 27, 2017 The original version of this article mis-identified the moon's phase during a total eclipse. The Christian Science Monitor, "Corrections," 4 Mar. 2019 In Detroit, the penumbral eclipse, one of the first stages of the total eclipse, commences at 5:51 a.m. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Lunar eclipse, supermoon and blue moon: Don't miss it Wednesday," 27 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of total eclipse

1671, in the meaning defined above

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