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Pronunciation:  `√Ękul'teyshun

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[n]  one celestial body obscures another

OCCULTATION is a 11 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: eclipse
 See Also: break, egress, emersion, immersion, ingress, interruption, lunar eclipse, partial eclipse, solar eclipse, total eclipse



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Oc`cul*ta"tion\, n. [L. occultatio a hiding, fr.
occultare, v. intens. of occulere: cf.F. occultation. See
1. (Astron.) The hiding of a heavenly body from sight by the
   intervention of some other of the heavenly bodies; --
   applied especially to eclipses of stars and planets by the
   moon, and to the eclipses of satellites of planets by
   their primaries.

2. Fig.: The state of being occult.

         The reappearance of such an author after those long
         periods of occultation.               --Jeffrey.

{Circle of perpetual occultation}. See under {Circle}.

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