- the obscuration of the light of the moon by the intervention of the earth between it and the sun (lunar eclipse) or the obscuration of the light of the sun by the intervention of the moon between it and a point on the earth (solar eclipse).
- a similar phenomenon with respect to any other planet and either its satellite or the sun.
- the partial or complete interception of the light of one component of a binary star by the other.
- any obscuration of light.
- a reduction or loss of splendor, status, reputation, etc.: Scandal caused the eclipse of his career.
- to cause to undergo eclipse: The moon eclipsed the sun.
- to make less outstanding or important by comparison; surpass: a soprano whose singing eclipsed that of her rivals.
Origin of eclipse
Examples from the Web for eclipse
Once 2007 rolled along, Kardashian's Ray J sex tape catapulted her to fame, helping her eclipse her former employer.Kim Kardashian’s Days as Paris Hilton’s Lowly Assistant
May 27, 2014
That's what The Twilight Saga: Eclipse sounds like when it's up to the clever Bad Lip Reading folks.Viral Video of the Day: 'Twilight 3' Bad Lip Reading
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April 25, 2014
Tracking is for an opening weekend that could eclipse $100 million.Is There Really a Superman Curse, and Can Henry Cavill Break It?
June 13, 2013
Why has this ritual remained so cherished, indeed foundational, while so many other ancient commandments have fallen into eclipse?Skin In The Game
July 16, 2012
Downey grew up in the shadow of his father, the Irish tenor Morton Downey, and vowed to eclipse his fame one day.‘Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie’: The Pundit’s Rise and Fall
April 24, 2012
You are to buy The Dutchman as cheap as you can, and run him as your own horse in the Eclipse.
After Lucretia's win in the Eclipse, Porter did not land another race.
It would never do to let the Grahams eclipse the Lockwoods, you see.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
If they were to have their will, all power was to be in their hands; their fame was to eclipse all other.The Memorabilia
"You should have come in time, then, and seen the eclipse," said the Virginian.Shoulder-Straps
- the total or partial obscuring of one celestial body by another. A solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the sun and the earth; a lunar eclipse when the earth passes between the sun and the moonSee also total eclipse, partial eclipse, annular eclipse Compare occultation
- the period of time during which such a phenomenon occurs
- any dimming or obstruction of light
- a loss of importance, power, fame, etc, esp through overshadowing by another
- to cause an eclipse of
- to cast a shadow upon; darken; obscure
- to overshadow or surpass in importance, power, etc
Word Origin and History for eclipse
late 13c., from Old French eclipse "eclipse, darkness" (12c.), from Latin eclipsis, from Greek ekleipsis "an abandonment, an eclipse," from ekleipein "to forsake a usual place, fail to appear, be eclipsed," from ek "out" (see ex-) + leipein "to leave" (cognate with Latin linquere; see relinquish).
late 14c. (intransitive, a sense now obsolete), from eclipse (n.). Transitive use from late 15c.; figurative use from 1580s. Related: Eclipsed; eclipsing.
- The partial or total blocking of light of one celestial object by another. An eclipse of the Sun or Moon occurs when the Earth, Moon, and Sun are aligned.♦ In a solar eclipse the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth. During a total solar eclipse the disk of the Moon fully covers that of the Sun, and only the Sun's corona is visible.♦ An annular eclipse occurs when the Moon is farthest in its orbit from the Earth so that its disk does not fully cover that of the Sun, and part of the Sun's photosphere is visible as a ring around the Moon.♦ In a lunar eclipse all or a part of the Moon's disk enters the umbra of the Earth's shadow and is no longer illuminated by the Sun. Lunar eclipses occur only during a full moon, when the Moon is directly opposite the Sun.
A Closer Look: The Sun is about 400 times wider than the Moon and 400 times farther from Earth, causing the two to appear to be almost exactly the same size in our sky. This relationship is also responsible for the phenomenon of the total solar eclipse, an eclipse of the Sun in which the disk of the Moon fully covers that of the Sun, blocking the Sun's light and causing the Moon's shadow to fall across the Earth. A total solar eclipse can be viewed only from a very narrow area on Earth, or zone of totality, where the dark central shadow of the Moon, or umbra, falls. From this perspective one can view the Sun's delicate corona-tendrils of charged gases that surround the Sun but are invisible to the unaided eye in normal daylight. This is also the only time when stars are visible in the day sky. Those viewing the eclipse from where the edges of the Moon's shadow, or penumbra, fall to Earth will see only a partial solar eclipse. The orbits of the Earth around the Sun and of the Moon around the Earth are not perfect circles, causing slight variations in how large the Sun and Moon appear to us and in the length of solar eclipses. The maximum duration of a total solar eclipse when the Earth is farthest from the Sun and the Moon is closest to the Earth is seven and a half minutes.