American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The partial or complete obscuring, relative to a designated observer, of one celestial body by another.
- n. The period of time during which such an obscuration occurs.
- n. A temporary or permanent dimming or cutting off of light.
- n. A fall into obscurity or disuse; a decline: "A composer . . . often goes into eclipse after his death and never regains popularity” ( Time).
- n. A disgraceful or humiliating end; a downfall: Revelations of wrongdoing helped bring about the eclipse of the governor's career.
- v. To cause an eclipse of.
- v. To obscure; darken.
- v. To obscure or diminish in importance, fame, or reputation.
- v. To surpass; outshine: an outstanding performance that eclipsed the previous record.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In astronomy, an interception or obscuration of the light of the sun, moon, or other heavenly body, by the intervention of another heavenly body either between it and the eye or between it and the source of its illumination. An eclipse of the sun is caused by the intervention of the moon between it and the earth, the sun's disk being thus partially or entirely hidden; an eclipse of the moon is occasioned by the earth passing between it and the sun, the earth's shadow obscuring the whole or part of its surface, but never entirely concealing it. The number of eclipses of the sun and moon cannot be fewer than two nor more than seven in one year, exclusive of penumbral eclipses of the moon. The most usual number is four, seven being very rare. Jupiter's satellites are eclipsed by passing through his shadow. See
- n. Figuratively, any state of obscuration; an overshadowing; a transition from brightness, clearness, or animation to the opposite state: as, his glory has suffered an eclipse.
- To obscure by an eclipse; cause the obscuration of; darken or hide, as a heavenly body: as, the moon eclipses the sun.
- To overshadow; throw in the shade; obscure; hence, to surpass or excel.
- To suffer an eclipse.
- n. An astronomical alignment in which a planetary object (for example, the Moon) comes between the Sun and another planetary object (for example, the Earth), resulting in a shadow being cast by the middle object onto the other object.
- n. A seasonal state of plumage in some birds, notably ducks, adopted temporarily after the breeding season and characterised by a dull and scruffy appearance.
- n. Obscurity, decline, downfall
- v. transitive Of astronomical bodies, to cause an eclipse.
- v. transitive To overshadow; to be better or more noticeable than.
- v. to undergo eclipsis
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Astron.) An interception or obscuration of the light of the sun, moon, or other luminous body, by the intervention of some other body, either between it and the eye, or between the luminous body and that illuminated by it. A lunar eclipse is caused by the moon passing through the earth's shadow; a solar eclipse, by the moon coming between the sun and the observer. A satellite is eclipsed by entering the shadow of its primary. The obscuration of a planet or star by the moon or a planet, though of the nature of an eclipse, is called an occultation. The eclipse of a small portion of the sun by Mercury or Venus is called a transit of the planet.
- n. The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness.
- v. To cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; -- said of a heavenly body.
- v. To obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing.
- v. To suffer an eclipse.
- v. cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention
- v. be greater in significance than
- n. one celestial body obscures another
- From Latin eclīpsis, from Ancient Greek ἔκλειψις (ekleipsis, "eclipse"), from ἐκλείπω (ekleipō, "I abandon"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") and λείπω (leipō, "I leave behind"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin eclīpsis, from Greek ekleipsis, from ekleipein, to fail to appear, suffer an eclipse : ek-, out; see ecto- + leipein, to leave. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The word 'eclipse' comes from the Greek word ékleipsis, or ekleíp (ein), which means to leave out, forsake, fail to appear”
“The word eclipse comes from the Greek for "abandonment," and captures the sense of foreboding the sun's vanishing act inspired even in civilizations whose astronomers had figured out why and when the darkness would fall.”
“ The term eclipse is also used to refer to a general decline or temporary obscurity: After taking the title last year, the team has gone into an eclipse this season.”
“Is it just me or when reading the books do you kinda feel you should wait about a month before e.g. eclipse is gunna come then read it Im worried about forgetting lol.”
“Sam Harris begins his new book with a celebration of the ideal of cooperation, a value that has been in eclipse among us, and whose absence we feel in every failed attempt to dislodge the country from all the tight places in which we find ourselves these days.”
“I want action & love, eclipse is … drama/adventure/romance/action.”
“For Hindus, an eclipse is not only an astronomical event.”
“On the morning of July 22, 2009, the longest total solar eclipse that will occur in the 21st century took place, with most of southeast Asia taking in a partial viewing, and the path of totality (where the total eclipse is visible) passing very close by the most populous islands of Japan.”
“A total solar eclipse is a phenomenon in which the Moon completely conceals the Sun.”
“To be able to see such features as the diamond ring effect (the final flash of light before entering totality), the corona [en] [ja] (the sun's glowing hot outer atmosphere) and the explosive solar prominences [en] [ja] during the eclipse is reliant upon the the moon's distance from the earth, and naturally, the earth's distance from the sun.”
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