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eclipsing variable

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noun Astronomy.
  1. a variable star whose changes in brightness are caused by periodic eclipses of two stars in a binary system.

Origin of eclipsing variable

First recorded in 1920–25; eclipse + -ing2
Also called eclipsing binary.
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