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Meaning of ECLIPSE

Pronunciation:  i'klips

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  one celestial body obscures another
  2. [v]  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"
  3. [v]  exceed in importance; outweigh; "This problem overshadows our lives right now"
  4. [v]  cause an eclipse of; of celestial bodies; "The moon eclipsed the sun"

ECLIPSE is a 7 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: occult, occultation, overshadow
 See Also: bedim, break, egress, emersion, excel, immersion, ingress, interruption, lunar eclipse, obscure, overcloud, overshadow, partial eclipse, solar eclipse, stand out, surpass, total eclipse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \E*clipse"\, n. [F. ['e]clipse, L. eclipsis, fr. Gr. ?,
    prop., a forsaking, failing, fr. ? to leave out, forsake; ?
    out + ? to leave. See {Ex-}, and {Loan}.]
    1. (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.
    Note: In ancient times, eclipses were, and among
          unenlightened people they still are, superstitiously
          regarded as forerunners of evil fortune, a sentiment of
          which occasional use is made in literature.
                That fatal and perfidious bark, Built in the
                eclipse, and rigged with curses dark. --Milton.
    2. 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.  --Sir W.
             As in the soft and sweet eclipse, When soul meets
             soul on lovers' lips.                 --Shelley.
    {Annular eclipse}. (Astron.) See under {Annular}.
    {Cycle of eclipses}. See under {Cycle}.
  2. \E*clipse"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Eclipsed}; p. pr. &
    vb. n. {Eclipsing}.]
    1. To cause the obscuration of; to darken or hide; -- said of
       a heavenly body; as, the moon eclipses the sun.
    2. 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.'' --Dryden.
             My joy of liberty is half eclipsed.   --Shak.
  3. \E*clipse"\, v. i.
    To suffer an eclipse.
          While the laboring moon Eclipses at their charms.
Computing Dictionary

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Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of an eclipse of the sun, forewarns of enjoying life in excess. Too much partying and too much drinking will lead to major health problems. You will experience temporary failure in business. Dreaming of an eclipse of the moon means that some hidden aspect of yourself is coming to the surface.
Easton Bible Dictionary

of the sun alluded to in Amos 8:9; Micah 3:6; Zech. 14:6; Joel 2:10. Eclipses were regarded as tokens of God's anger (Joel 3:15; Job 9:7). The darkness at the crucifixion has been ascribed to an eclipse (Matt. 27:45); but on the other hand it is argued that the great intensity of darkness caused by an eclipse never lasts for more than six minutes, and this darkness lasted for three hours. Moreover, at the time of the Passover the moon was full, and therefore there could not be an eclipse of the sun, which is caused by an interposition of the moon between the sun and the earth.

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