• WordNet 3.6
    • v eclipse cause an eclipse of (a celestial body) by intervention "The Sun eclipses the moon today","Planets and stars often are occulted by other celestial bodies"
    • v eclipse be greater in significance than "the tragedy overshadowed the couple's happiness"
    • n eclipse one celestial body obscures another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The longest recorded duration of a total solar eclipse was 7.5 minutes.
    • Eclipse (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. "That fatal and perfidious bark,
      Built in the eclipse , and rigged with curses dark."
    • Eclipse The loss, usually temporary or partial, of light, brilliancy, luster, honor, consciousness, etc.; obscuration; gloom; darkness. "All the posterity of our fist parents suffered a perpetual eclipse of spiritual life.""As in the soft and sweet eclipse ,
      When soul meets soul on lovers' lips."
    • Eclipse To cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; -- said of a heavenly body; as, the moon eclipses the sun.
    • Eclipse To obscure, darken, or extinguish the beauty, luster, honor, etc., of; to sully; to cloud; to throw into the shade by surpassing. "His eclipsed state.""My joy of liberty is half eclipsed ."
    • v. i Eclipse To suffer an eclipse. "While the laboring moon Eclipses at their charms."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Because of the speed at which the sun moves, it is impossible for a solar eclipse to last more than 7 minutes and 58 seconds.
    • n eclipse 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 occultation.
    • n eclipse 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.
    • eclipse To obscure by an eclipse; cause the obscuration of; darken or hide, as a heavenly body: as, the moon eclipses the sun.
    • eclipse To overshadow; throw in the shade; obscure; hence, to surpass or excel.
    • eclipse To suffer an eclipse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: It is impossible for a solar eclipse to last for more than 7 minutes 58 seconds.
    • n Eclipse e-klips′ an obscuration of one of the heavenly bodies by the interposition of another, either between it and the spectator, or between it and the sun: loss of brilliancy: darkness
    • v.t Eclipse to hide a luminous body wholly or in part: to darken: to throw into the shade, to cut out, surpass
    • adj Eclipse pertaining to an eclipse or the ecliptic
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  • Billy Graham
    “Christians should never fail to sense the operation of an angelic glory. It forever eclipses the world of demonic powers, as the sun does a candle's light.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Those who shine in the second rank, are eclipsed by the first.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “It's only during an eclipse that the Man in the Moon has a place in the sun.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. éclipse, L. eclipsis, fr. Gr. 'e`kleipsis, prop., a forsaking, failing, fr. 'eklei`pein to leave out, forsake; 'ek out + lei`pein to leave. See Ex-, and Loan


In literature:

The moon's disc became entirely hidden from our view; her scattered beams died out; and the prairie lay dark as if shadowed by an eclipse.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
I become superstitious whenever the means of worship are permitted to eclipse the Object of worship.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
It happened on a day when there was to be an eclipse of the sun.
"The Story of the Greeks" by H. A. Guerber
In short, her habitual self-confidence suffered partial eclipse.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
It is not quite clear whether the historian wishes to insinuate that the eclipse caused the earthquake or the earthquake the eclipse.
"The Story of Eclipses" by George Chambers
The Eclipse of the Moon.
"Life and Work in Benares and Kumaon, 1839-1877" by James Kennedy
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
The telescopes were landed, and on December 30 an eclipse of the sun was observed.
"Captain Cook" by W.H.G. Kingston
A lunar eclipse, foreseen and calculated by Columbus, was due on a certain day.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
The shadow eclipsed the sunshine, and love brought despair.
"Behind the Scenes" by Elizabeth Keckley

In poetry:

Fain would my thankful heart and lips
Unite in praise to thee;
And meditate on thy eclipse,
In sad Gethsemane.
"The Moon In Silver Glory Shone" by John Newton
How punctually eclipses move,
Obedient to thy will!
Thus shall thy faithfulness and love,
Thy promises fulfill.
"The Moon In Silver Glory Shone" by John Newton
When poet's heart is in eclipse,
A glance from childhood's eye,
A smile from passing maiden's lips,
Will clear a glowing sky.
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Well mightst thou suffer things not few
For his sake all the night!
In pale eclipse he suffers, who
Is of the world the light.
"Pilate's Wife" by George MacDonald
No night is here, for to eclipse
Its spangling rays so bright;
Nor doubt, nor fear to shut the lips,
Of those within this light.
"Of Heaven" by John Bunyan
Sweet smiles to keep forever bright
The sunshine on his lips,
And faith that sees the ring of light
Round nature's last eclipse!
"At A Birthday Festival" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

The orbiters , whose mission was timed to miss lunar eclipses in December and June, are expected to collect data for 82 days.
An Overlong Eclipse Inaugurates BAM's New Venue.
Jonah Bokaer in 'Eclipse' at BAM.
A Partial Eclipse of the Sun (From a NASA Satellite).
Penumbral lunar eclipse coming early Wednesday.
Also penumbral lunar eclipse some areas.
This May 24, 2012, photo shows "Eclipse" a peregrine falcon , outside the water treatment building at We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Oak Creek, Wis. Eclipse, a 3-year-old peregrine falcon , was in trouble.
This May 24, 2012 photo provided by G. A Septon shows "Eclipse" a peregrine falcon , outside the water treatment building at We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Oak Creek, Wis.
Eclipse, a 3-year-old peregrine falcon , was in trouble.
Former staff photographer Parker Miles Blohm wrote this article about his experience photographing Sunday's solar eclipse.
Brad already talked about the dangers of staring directly at the sun, so how are you supposed to watch the partial solar eclipse today.
The Lunar Eclipse makes this the kind of day when you want to hunker down and stay inside your.
The Lunar Eclipse will affect everyone to an extent, so give them the benefit.
Spinoff fads owling and leisure diving have failed to eclipse it, but could something called horsemaning be poised to rise up from planking 's ashes.
BEA Systems' Beehive Java technology will gain Eclipse support as part of the Eclipse Foundation's new Pollinate project.

In science:

We present red spectra in the region ∼ λ7000–8300˚A of the eclipsing dwarf nova IP Peg, with simultaneous narrow-band photometry centered at 7322˚A.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The eclipses give tight constraints on the geometry of the system, and in combination with other data, such as radial velocity studies, allow the masses of the two stars to be determined.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Our spectroscopically derived eclipse timing-point and that of M89, both corrected to time of mid-white dwarf egress, were added to the photometric timings of Wood et al. (1989) and those of Wolf et al. (1993).
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
We derive the inclination using the eclipse width of ∆φ = 0.0863 from Wood & Crawford (1986).
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The obvious interpretation for this is that it is an eclipse of the secondary star by the accretion disc.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi