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annular eclipse

an eclipse of the sun in which a portion of its surface is visible as a ring surrounding the dark moon.
Compare total eclipse.
Origin of annular eclipse
First recorded in 1720-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Johnston suggests that the reference is to an annular eclipse which he finds occurred on August 14, at about 8¼ h. in the morning.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • Baron de Zach and Arago mention it as the first annular eclipse on record.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • Whatever it was that was noticed, clearly it could not have been an annular eclipse, because no such eclipse then happened.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
  • An annular eclipse may last, at most, twelve minutes and twenty-four seconds.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • Who would ever think of an annular eclipse of the moon as an illustration of religion?

  • An annular eclipse is an eclipse which just fails to become total for yet another reason.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • The eclipse of 1762 also engaged Mme. Lepaute's attention, as did also the annular eclipse of 1764.

    Woman in Science John Augustine Zahm
  • This is what is known as an annular eclipse, from the Latin word annulus, which means a ring.

    Astronomy of To-day Cecil G. Dolmage
  • In 1567 there was an annular eclipse visible at Rome on April 9.

    The Story of Eclipses George Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for annular eclipse

annular eclipse

an eclipse of the sun in which the moon does not cover the entire disc of the sun, so that a ring of sunlight surrounds the shadow of the moon Compare total eclipse, partial eclipse
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annular eclipse in Science
annular eclipse  
See under eclipse.
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